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Co-parenting isn't easy, but you can smooth things out

Co-parenting is nothing more than a fancy name for parents working as a team despite not being in a romantic relationship. Individuals who opt to use this parenting style are truly ready to put their children first. They know that having both parents as active participants can greatly benefit the children.

Just because you make the decision to work with your ex to raise the kids doesn't mean that there won't be issues along the way. It is imperative that both adults take the time to re-center when things start to get off track. Not only does this pull the situation back in control, it is a helpful reminder that only the children matter now.

Questions to ask when getting divorced

It's your first marriage, and it didn't quite go how you hoped. You tried to work things out, but you finally realized you needed to get divorced.

As it's your first time, you understand that it's a complex process, and you don't want to overlook anything. To help you, here are some key questions you need to ask about major divorce points:

Divorce: End of an era, start of a new chapter

You might think of divorce as the end of an era in your life, but you have to look at the other side of this situation. It is also a time for you to build the life you want and focus on your happiness. Enjoying life after a divorce is fully possible. The decisions you make during the divorce, including the property division, can be the framework you need to do this.

Take the time to focus on your own needs. You might only have 10 minutes a day for self-reflection, but you can use this time to set yourself up for success. Set goals for yourself about where you want to be in two years or even in a decade. Once you have that, set up smaller milestones that you can work toward that will bring you closer to your goals after the marriage ends.

Co-parenting tips to make child custody less contentious

Child custody situations can be very stressful because you have to think about your children and two homes when you make certain decisions. There are many different methods of parenting a child after divorce, but co-parenting is one of the more common because it enables both parents to work as a team to raise the children. It provides stability and support for the children, but both parents do need to put forth an effort to make it work as it should.

A natural human inclination is to avoid conflict. Unfortunately, you won't be able to do this when you are co-parenting. Instead, you will need to address unpleasant situations as quickly as possible. Trying to ignore it will only mean that you have a lot of stress by trying to rush to figure things out at the last minute.

Take care of yourself if you are divorcing an addict

Having a spouse who is addicted to drugs is a difficult situation. You might decide that it is time to cut ties with that person and start life anew. This can be a hard decision, and you might receive some negative reactions when others find out. For some, the spouse of an addict should remain a martyr and stay in the marriage to support the addict. Remember that your life is your own and you have to do what is best for you.

One of the most important things for you to do when you are divorcing someone who is addicted to anything, including drugs, alcohol or gambling, is to protect the marital assets so you aren't left with nothing after the divorce. When you do file your divorce petition, under certain circumstances you can ask the court to impose restictions on the use of some of the assets. It will also be important to find out other steps you can take to protect the assets.

Report recommends modifications to Maryland child support

A recently released report suggests an overhaul to the way child support is assessed in Maryland that will affect thousands of families, especially low-income ones.

The report, from the Abell Foundation, said the state should start by ensuring that child support is decided based on a parent's actual income rather than their earning potential.

Back-to-school stress can be minimized for divorced parents

The back-to-school season is one that is hard for all parents to deal with. Trying to make plans for this can be even more complicated for parents who are divorced. It might behoove you to start making the plans now so that you are ready to tackle the duties that are yours. This can also help your children to feel more secure since they will know what to expect.

One of the more important things that you need to determine as soon as possible is who is going to cover which school supplies. This might be covered in the parenting plan, but you can always speak to your ex in advance to make sure that everything is going to be handled according to your agreement. This is a good idea in all cases to address this issue to help ensure that your children will have what they need.

How to reduce your stress during a divorce

The end of a marriage is automatically a stressful time, but you don't have to add more stress to it. You can have a divorce with minimal stress, but it will take a bit of work. One of the most important things that you can do is to set clear boundaries for the situation. You don't have to deal with a bunch of harassment from your ex, but you should agree to treat each other with mutual respect.

While it is important to protect your interests during the divorce, you might find that things are less stressful if you don't try to pit yourself against your ex during the entire process. Instead, you can try to work through a collaborative process to help you come up with the terms of the divorce. Just remember that if you are going to do this, you have to be willing to negotiate.

Visitation challenges: When your schedule doesn't work

It is the reality that many people start out with custody arrangements that they love, but they quickly find that it no longer works for them a year or two later. This is normal when it comes to child custody, because there is no way to prepare for everything that happens in the future.

You might get a new job, move to a new apartment or start dating someone new that your ex-spouse isn't comfortable with. You might find that your children have many play dates or activities that cut into your visitation time.

Tips for telling children about your divorce

Your children might have an idea that you and their other parent aren't getting along well. For some, the announcement that parents are going to divorce isn't a shock, but it isn't easy to hear either. When you are ready to tell your children about the divorce, you need to be sure that you are prepared for what's to come.

Children are inquisitive, and they might want to know more about what led to the divorce and what is going to happen now. When it comes to letting them know what happened, you should think about what is appropriate for them to know. Part of this has to do with how old and mature they are.

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