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Focus on the big matters and let the small ones go

For a child, having parents who don't live together is often difficult to handle. If you are a parent in that position, you need to think carefully about how you are going to deal with your child's other parent. It might seem all too easy to just nitpick at everything the other parent does; however, doing this can cause frustration and turn a difficult situation into an even worse one.

Does it make sense to split custody of the kids between parents?

When married couples split up, they often don't initiate divorce proceedings in an amicable fashion. Especially, when kids are in the picture, the prospect of a parent not getting to spend his or her free time with his or her child may make things quite difficult to swallow.

Debating the possibility of divorce when you have kids

Nearly all married parents who have serious problems in their relationship debate whether it's better for their children if they remain together or divorce. Divorce is nearly always upsetting for kids to some degree. However, living in a home where parents are constantly fighting or not speaking isn't healthy either.

Sharing your kids with your ex during the holidays

If you're facing your first holiday season as a newly-separated or divorced parent, you're likely doing so with some sense of sadness and anxiety. No matter what your custody and visitation agreement is with your spouse, the kids are probably going to be spending some part of their Thanksgiving and Christmas vacations with their other parent.

Divorce is filled with teachable moments for your kids

Sometimes the worst events and circumstances can provide the best teachable moments for our children. Divorce is one of those. As stressful as this time may be for them, if parents model positive behavior, kids can learn a lot about how to handle conflict in a constructive manner, deal with negative emotions and work with people they may not see eye to eye with. These are all skills they will need as they move into adulthood.

Why do divorce filings increase in August?

If you and your spouse finally made the difficult decision to divorce after your summer vacation, you're not alone. Sociologists say that there are two peak months for divorce filings – August and March. These follow traditional summer and winter family vacation times.

Some important tips for minimizing conflict with your co-parent

When couples who are parents divorce, they never really completely end their relationship. They have to find a way to co-parent their children despite whatever residual issues they have from their marriage. Often the conflicts they had as partners morph into parenting conflicts.

Dealing with an ex who doesn't share your parenting style

Co-parenting after a divorce always has its challenges. You and your spouse take turns being single parents of sorts. Therefore, you likely find yourself making more parenting decisions than you did when you were married. This is a time when many people who left the discipline or other parenting issues to their spouse now have to step up and make decisions without someone else there to back them up.

Review your parenting plan to make sure you understand it

After going through a divorce, you are probably ready to have some time away from your ex. If you have children, you might not be able to get this time because you and your ex will still have to deal with other when it comes to the children. There are several things that you can do to make this easier. Here are a few tips we have for you:

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