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Structuring a post-divorce parenting plan

When Indiana couples decide to end their marriage, it can be an emotional process. It can be even harder when they have young children, and unless one of the parents has a history of domestic violence or substance abuse, most family law judges will award both parents liberal access to their offspring, following the "best interests of the child" maxim.

Some of the best strategies successful co-parents have used

One challenge that co-parents in Indiana experience is having difficulty communicating with each other. It can be tempting to use children as messengers. However, successfully co-parenting involves communicating directly as adults in a respectful manner. This ensures that messages are relayed correctly and that the children never feel hurt by a negative reaction to a message that was relayed.

Mistakes to avoid when raising teenagers

Raising a teenager after a divorce can be challenging for parents in Indiana and throughout the country. However, there are strategies that divorced parents may use to make their jobs easier. For instance, parents should communicate with each other about what their sons or daughters are doing. While teenagers may be more mature and open about their needs, this isn't always true. Therefore, good communication can make it easier to spot and work on problems a teen may be having.

How to use a calendar in a divorce case

Indiana parents who are going through a divorce may want to consider using a calendar from the past year to help them reconstruct child-related expenses as well as what the child's schedule was like and how much time they each spent with the child. This can be valuable information, particularly since it can be difficult to remember these details during the stress of a divorce. A calendar can also be useful in determining lifestyle during the marriage, which is helpful for spousal support purposes.

Temporary child custody may be necessary

There is nothing easy about divorce with important legal decisions to be decided, often with some degree of dispute, and emotions riding high throughout the process. Child custody arrangements can be difficult to handle even under the best of circumstances. Indiana law begins with the premise that it is usually in the best interest of the child to have frequent, meaningful and consistent contact with both parents. However, when circumstances dictate otherwise, temporary custody arrangements may need to be put into place.

Interfering with visitation time

Custodial parents in Indiana sometimes refuse to allow their children's other parents to have visitation with the children despite child custody and visitation orders. Parents may not arbitrarily refuse to honor a noncustodial parent's visitation time. There are several common and illegitimate reasons why some custodial parents refuse to allow their children to have visitation with the noncustodial parents.

What to know about UCAPA and the Hague Convention

It's becoming more common for individuals in Indiana and throughout America to get married to people who live in other countries. As a result, it is possible for a parent to share custody with a person who may bring a child to his or her home country. If a dispute occurs, it may be resolved under the terms of the Hague Convention. This agreement aims to get parents who have taken their child out of the country to honor the original terms of a custody order.

How to successfully raise children with a toxic ex-spouse

Many things lead to Indiana couples breaking up and getting divorced. It can be challenging for these divorced couples to co-parent after the divorce, especially when one of them is a toxic person. Here are some tips to help a co-parent successfully raise their children despite the challenges that arise from dealing with a toxic ex.

Determining custody schedules for infants after divorce

When parents of infants in Indiana get a divorce, they may have some additional challenges regarding child custody. When a child is that young, some parents who are the main caregivers may be hesitant to leave the child with the other parent. However, even if the other parent is less experienced with the infant, that parent can learn. It might be necessary for the main caregiver to trust the situation and allow the other person to parent in their own way.

How can I help my child when I move out?

If you are a parent in Indiana who has agreed with your spouse that you will get a separation or a divorce, the well-being of your children is likely at the top of your list of concerns. Many couples keep one parent and the kids in the family home at least to start with. This means the other parent has to move out of the home. You may have agreed to be the parent who leaves the house. This will be hard for you and for your kids but there are some things you can do to help them through this process.

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