Education Wars: When Parents With Shared Parental Responsibility Disagree on Schooling in Florida

Picture of school children runningGoing through a divorce is already difficult. Then, if you share a child, you will need to navigate the child custody process through the Courts. When these issues have been decided and ordered by the Court, and you have been awarded shared parental responsibility, you will need to make some important and sometimes difficult decisions as co-parents, regarding your child.

Perhaps one of the most difficult of these decisions is determining where your child will go to school. If you are still working on redefining your role as co-parents, this could be one of the first major disagreements that occurs — which has the potential of putting your child directly in the middle of parental conflict, which is not in their best interest. read more

4 Tips for Co-Parenting Across State Lines

Picture of child hugging leaving parentFollowing a divorce, a former spouse may choose to move to another state, whether to be closer to family or to start a new life. Children are often directly involved in this move.

In most cases, when one parent moves out of state, a court will grant more timesharing to one parent — rather than offering equal timesharing. In rare situations, parents agree to alternate school years and summer vacations, but this can be a complex system.

When your child lives primarily in another state, it can be difficult to be an active and involved parent. It can be even more difficult to co-parent with your former spouse. read more

Tips for Working Through Time Sharing and Child Visitation Challenges

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Time-sharing and post-divorce family living isn’t as easy as it looks on paper. Once you and your ex-spouse complete the process of divorce and separate households, you may see and welcome this as a ‘fresh start’. However your children may experience a longer post-divorce  adjustment period and they may continue to feel a roller coaster of emotions as a result of  the change.

When this happens, even the most amicable of co-parenting arrangements can prove stressful.

Many, if not most, children have a difficult time comprehending and adapting to new life circumstances. Different living arrangements and unknown things, places and people can be unsettling to a child. There may be a new step-parent or partner in one (or both) households, the change in neighborhood and daily routine can lead a child to withdraw, throw tantrums, cry and act out in anger without cause. In essence, kids frequently respond to post-divorce change with feelings rather than reason. read more

5 Tips for Co-Parenting During Summer Break and Vacations

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It’s that time of year again!  Summer time offers children a special time to look forward to fun, outdoor activities and freedom from school duties. While all that typically comes with summer break for kids, for post-divorce parents, it can be a challenging time.

What is typical in many co-parenting arrangements, children are with one parent or the other for longer periods of time over the summer than during the school year.

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In summer time, regular schedules and habits change. It’s this change up in routine and scheduled parent time that can produces anxiety for children and concern for parents. read more

5 Tips for Co-Parenting after Divorce

Co-Parenting after divorce will be one of the hardest challenges you will face, especially if you and your former spouse want to minimize the negative effects of the divorce on your children. Although co-parenting after divorce might seem daunting, a cohesive parenting plan can help both of you work together to raise your children successfully.

You and your ex-spouse can provide a positive environment for your children if you remember these steps:

1. Focus On Your Children

As you and your ex-spouse create a co-parenting plan, remember to place your focus entirely on the welfare of your children. This is not the time to deal with unresolved issues stemming from your divorce. Your children need stability to thrive, and your ability to focus on your children’s needs is paramount. If your ex-spouse has trouble staying on track, gently push the conversation back onto the correct topic. read more