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How to meet parenting challenges after divorce

Parents in Florida who choose to get divorced will need to continue to raise their children together. This can be difficult even if the divorce was relatively peaceful. However, it can be made easier by keeping the focus on doing what is best for the child. Generally, fighting or acting in a less than mature manner around the kids does not help to meet that goal.

Divorced parents should understand that the child will want a relationship with both parents. This means that steps should be taken to encourage spending time with that person. Exceptions can be made in legitimate cases of abuse, neglect or major mistreatment. Otherwise, children should have both parents in their lives even if something controversial such as adultery caused the marriage to end.

It may be easier to focus on doing what is right for the children with outside help. Therapists and counselors can help parents overcome their own conflicts and learn to see the good in each other. In addition, parenting plans can be developed that limit how often parents will need to see each other. This could reduce the chances of a dramatic situation occurring.

Parents may want to learn more about their rights as they relate to being in their children's lives. In most cases, a noncustodial parent will still have the ability to interact with a son or daughter. However, some parents may want to fight to obtain a more equal custody agreement. An attorney may point to an individual's steady income or stable housing situation when making the argument that this person should have equal custody.

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