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Don't allow your kids to play you against your ex

Children who are going through a divorce will often try to find ways to push the limits. This might include trying to play one parent against the other, so both adults must take steps to ensure this doesn't happen. Knowing some of the more common red flags that come with this situation might help you to avoid issues before they start.

Help your only child through your divorce

An only child spends a lot of time with their parents. If those parents divorce, the child might face some challenges that aren't present with those who have siblings. One of the most important things to remember when an only child is experiencing this is that the bond they form with their parents is critical. They will likely need open access to both parents so they can keep up with the need to feel close.

Less common matters to include in your parenting plan

Child custody agreements are based on the children's needs. Because of this, parents tend to focus the agreement on the larger issues that come up. You have to take the time to think about some smaller points so that you don't end up in a contentious battle with your ex over aspects that could have been discussed beforehand.

Your communication with your ex matters in child custody

You and your ex need to communicate directly with each other about child custody matters. This can be through the use of verbal, written or electronic communication. There might be times when you need to have assistance to get the communication moving forward, but you have to do this effectively.

What are supervised visits in child custody cases?

Parents going through a divorce or a child custody case will have to figure out visitation for the children. This can be either supervised or unsupervised, depending on the circumstances. Child custody paperwork will outline the schedule for the visits with the noncustodial parent and relay the type of visit that's allowed.

Navigating life as a new co-parent

Navigating through a new co-parenting relationship can be a difficult task. You have to figure out what is going to work for your situation and what you need to bypass. As you go through this, you will work closely with your ex because you remain a parenting team. The fact that you are one team is one of the most important things to remember.

Variety of ways to support your kids during divorce

Keeping the focus on the kids during a child custody matter isn't always easy. You and your ex are going to have to make a joint effort to work things out so the kids can thrive. They need to know that their parents are both there for them even though they don't all live in the same home now.

Take control of your emotions when dealing with your ex

One of the most important things that you have to do when you aren't with your child's other parent is keep the communication respectful. This is difficult when you have an ex who loves to push your buttons and irritate you. Unfortunately, you can't stop their behavior, but the good news is that you can control your own reactions.

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