Another year of school activities is just beginning for parents. You may never have relished any of these before. However, now that you and your spouse are separated or divorced, they may bring a whole new level of dread -- particularly if you and your co-parent are barely on speaking terms. How do you interact civilly with one another when teachers, other parents and your kids are watching?
August 1 marked the five-year anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. However, gay rights advocates say that the state still needs to provide more protections for gay parents and their children, whether adopted or conceived via the ever-increasing strides in reproductive technology.
When you're sharing custody of your kids after divorce, you probably don't get to spend as much time with them as you'd like. That may be true whether you have 50/50 custody or only visitation.
You and your former spouse have joint custody of your children. He or she has always been a good parent, so you had no reason to challenge your co-parent's request for shared custody in the divorce.
It's not uncommon for child custody agreements to be modified over the course of children's formative years. What was best for your young kids when you divorced may not work as they get into their teen years. Perhaps kids' lives get too filled with extracurricular activities to be moving back and forth between homes every few days. Sometimes kids go through phases where they simply need or want to be with one parent more than the other.
You and your soon-to-be-ex have agreed to share custody of your children equally. The next thing to do is put a parenting schedule in place. Your kids need that so they can regain some predictability in their lives. It's also important for your own schedule to know when you'll have the kids, when they'll be with your co-parent and when you'll be picking them up or dropping them off.
As a divorcing parent, you may be more worried about how your younger children are dealing with the break-up than your teenagers. After all, teens are old enough to understand at least some of the factors that lead adults to end their relationships. Further, they have the communication skills to express their concerns and ask questions that your little ones don't.
Divorce can bring out the worst in people. Sadly, some divorced spouses take out their feelings about their ex on their children.
Mother's Day and Father's Day can be among the trickiest holiday for divorced parents. If you and your co-parent have a strained relationship, it can be difficult to muster the will to help your kids prepare to celebrate a day when your ex is celebrated. If your kids are still young, it also means helping them choose a gift (or doing it yourself).
When most parents divorce, they work out a child support agreement (or a court determines one for them.) The agreement may be modified based on a significant change in circumstances, such as if the paying parent loses a job. However, what if one of the parents remarries?