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Tips for staying in touch with a child who does not live with you

Whether you have joint custody with the other parent or not, it can be difficult to stay in contact with a child who does not live with you all the time. It is so important to stay connected, because your child needs your presence, even when you do not get along with the other parent.

Types of child custody in Michigan

Divorce is a fact of life for many Michigan couples. As a part of the process, many decisions regarding assets, debts and other factors must be taken into consideration. Perhaps one of the most important decisions that must be made in many divorce proceedings are the ones regarding child custody.

What factors do Michigan courts consider when making child custody decisions?

In an ideal situation, couples will be able to enter into the divorce process with a willingness to cooperate with one another and a commitment to reaching the best possible parenting time arrangement for their children. The reality is that many couples are unable to do this and court intervention becomes necessary.

Child custody and divorce are prime topics during month of March

March is a busy month for many Michigan families. In addition to the many activities that each family member is involved in, March is also one of the busiest months for divorce filings. Some couples have battled through the holiday season and have finally decided that things will just not work out. For many, decisions regarding property division, child support and child custody are the only items left in the relationship.

Equal child custody benefits even the youngest children

Psychologists have long believed that infants and toddlers are better off spending most of their time with their mothers. This often leaves divorced fathers in Michigan with limited visitation until children are older. However, a recent study reveals that when fathers have child custody from the earliest years, the children benefit in many crucial ways.

Relocation plans may spark child custody disputes

Divorce is difficult on children, especially if their parents are combative. Within the first two years of a divorce, nearly 25 percent of parents with child custody move away from the non-custodial parent. Surveys show that children whose divorced parents move more than an hour apart may suffer from a higher level of stress, hostility and unhappiness. While recent studies have confirmed the benefits of having both parents involved in a child's life, if a divorced couple is adversarial, children may experience a lifetime of negative consequences.

As holidays end, child custody issues may continue

The holidays are nearly over, but some may still be experiencing conflict. Those special days that are meant for celebration and togetherness may feel especially empty if one is facing time alone because of a child custody order. While the Michigan courts may have granted some parenting time over the weeks of festivity, there are bound to be times when one's child will be celebrating away from home.

Child custody and gift giving can be managed with planning

Divorced parents may be dreading the holidays, especially if the divorce is relatively new. Perhaps one parent has memories of the previous year when things between the two of them were anything but jolly. Child custody issues may flare during this time of year, and parents in Michigan may struggle to keep things positive for their children. As difficult as the situation is for the adults, the children may be the ones who suffer more, especially if their parents cloud the holidays with arguing and tension.

Tips for talking about divorce with children

Divorce massively changes the lives of children. Watching parents experience a loss of love can be disheartening and tragic. Children also have to adjust to custody arrangements and navigating a challenging family dynamic. No matter the age of the child involved, parental divorce is an event that significantly alters their way of living and perceiving the world 

How to create a parenting plan

Developing a parenting plan is an important part of the divorce process. Figuring out all of the details of a divorce may be difficult and frustrating, but you should always put your children first and do what is best for them. Understanding how child custody agreements work and what to include in them will make for a better future for your family, even after a difficult split.

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