Halloween is less than two weeks away. While children are utterly delighted by costumes and candy, October 31st can be the source of family law disputes revolving around child custody, parenting plans, holiday schedules and who will make decisions about bedtime (Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year), the amount of candy that can be consumed, costumes and more.
We read with interest a recent article that offers loads of advice for parents who are going to divorce or who have divorced. Co-parenting is not easy, but it is easily one of the most important jobs you will ever have.
While the changes in the percentage of U.S. adults who are married might not be apparent from year to year, the incremental shifts add up over time. About half of all American adults are today married; down 9 percent from 25 years ago and down more than 20 percent since 1960.
There is perhaps no more wonderful feeling in the world than holding your baby in your arms. Whether you are a mother or a father, that feeling is one of life's great rewards.
A recent study by Carnegie Mellon University indicates that the outcome of a divorce can affect children physically even decades later. If an adult child's parents ended up not speaking to one another after divorce or separation, the study found, the adult child was more likely than other adults to catch the common cold. If their parents remained in contact after the divorce, however, there was no additional risk of catching a cold.
We all know that the nature of fatherhood in America has changed over time, and it continues to change. Today, dads are taking a much more active role in childrearing and family life. Over the past few decades, we've seen significantly more single fathers and stay-at-home dads than ever before. Nevertheless, it's increasingly common for kids to grow up with dad living elsewhere.
Divorce is one of the most difficult events a person can go through. Though, as hard as it is on the adults involved in the split, it can be far more upsetting for kids who don't understand or don't want their parents to get divorced.
There are many contexts in a divorce in which catching potential problems and issues early can be important for a person and their family.
In recent times, the forms and structures families take have been getting more and more varied. This in turn, has led to some shifts within family law. One area within family law which has seen some notable movement in recent years is the number of legal parents a child can have.
Co-parenting after splitting up can have many complexities for parents. The situation can be particularly complicated when both parents have since formed new relationships and brought stepparents into their child's life. When navigating co-parenting situations in the midst of a complex web of family relationships, staying focused on being supportive of their child can be very important for a parent.