When you were married, family vacations meant you, your spouse and your kids. After the divorce, you still want to take vacations, but it's a one-parent-only situation. That's the most natural setup, as even parents who get along after divorce often do not want to spend that much time together.
As you move toward divorce with your spouse, you decide to tell family members and friends. But then you start wondering about your child's teacher at school. Should you tell them? Or is that oversharing? Do they need to know?
The gender assumptions and stereotypes that used to plague child custody cases are starting to disappear. More and more, for instance, both men and women get shared custody of the kids rather than seeing it heavily favor mothers.
People often fall into the same old patterns when trying to figure out how to set up a child custody plan. For instance, they simply alternate weeks or send the kids to the father's house on the weekends.
For many people, divorce means they have to move. They sell the family home and each person buys their own home or apartment.
The focus during a divorce has to remain on your children. As a parent, while you do want to know your own child custody rights, what you should really care about is creating a loving, supportive home life for the kids.
When you and your ex got divorced, you got full custody of your kids. Your ex is simply not reliable enough. While they still get to come visit on the weekends, most often for supervised visitations, you are essentially raising your children on your own.
Relocating can be difficult after divorce. You do not have as much freedom as you once did if there are children involved and you share custody with your ex. You now have to think about your ex's custody rights and ability to see the kids.
Many parents worry about the risks of a kidnapping and may refuse to let their children play outside on their own in order to keep an eye on them. While caution is always wise, it is important to note that parental child abduction is more common than random kidnappings and that the greatest risks come from relatives and parents.
You and your ex get shared custody in the divorce. You sit down to decide where the children should live and what schedule you should use.