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Newly divorced parents adjust to child custody arrangement

When children of newly divorced or separated parents head back to school, the family may find the new co-parenting schedule to be a challenging adjustment from the summer schedule. It is important that the child custody agreement is the best for the child as well as the parent. California parents who are adjusting to co-parenting should continue to consider whether the arrangement is working for everyone involved. If not, child custody modifications are an option.

It is common during an emotional divorce for parents to have unrealistic hopes and expectations. This is especially true when it comes to determining the custody of a child or children. An underlying desire to punish or hurt a former spouse may cause a parent to fight for more parenting time than is realistically possible considering work schedules.

It is only natural for children to change and take on new interests as they age. After school activities may arise and pose a problem with the original parenting agreement because of a conflict in schedule. Equally possible is for a parent to have a change in job or workload. When changes occur in lives of the individuals in a family, permanent changes can be made to a parenting plan, but the changes must be submitted to court

Child custody arrangements in California and elsewhere can be a struggle for newly divorced or separated parents and their children. The best thing to keep in mind in a child custody agreement is the child's best interest. An experienced family law attorney can help keep realistic expectations when dividing parenting time and addressing all child custody issues.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, "Back to School: 3 Ways To Tell If Your Child Custody Agreement Is The Right Fit", Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq., Sept. 1, 2015

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