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Ways to address co-parenting issues after a divorce

After Michigan parents have gotten a divorce, disagreements over child custody and visitation rights are common. In a best-case scenario, the parents will agree to put the child's best interests ahead of any lingering issues between them. Still, co-parenting can be complex. Strategies to avoid conflict can be beneficial for the parents and the child.

How exes can co-parent their children at different stages

In order for co-parents in Michigan to be successful, they need to work together while looking out for the best interests of their children. An effective parenting plan involves considering how children respond to separation and divorce at different stages of their lives.

Britney Spears may want more custody time with her sons

Many people in Michigan grew up as fans of Britney Spears' music, but the celebrity has lived a troubled life for many years, especially after she experienced mental health issues. According to reports, she may be planning to go back to family court in order to seek more custody of her children. In September 2019, the celebrity and her former husband, Kevin Federline, revised their prior custody agreement. They had a 50-50 joint custody agreement for a number of years, but the revised agreement gave Federline 70% custody as Spears addressed mental health challenges.

The role of gender in a child custody case

Parents in Michigan may feel as if their gender prevents them from obtaining the custody or visitation rights that they deserve. In the past, mothers were typically given custody of their children after a divorce because they were seen as better caregivers. However, as attitudes toward parenting and gender roles change, this is not necessarily true anymore. Today, judges show a greater willingness to grant fathers sole custody rights if doing so is in a child's best interest.

Changing a child custody hearing date

Parents in Michigan should make every effort to appear in court for their child custody or support hearings. If circumstances make attending a certain court date difficult or impossible, then a court might accommodate a person's request to alter the hearing date under limited circumstances.

Joint custody after divorce

When parents in Michigan divorce, they are often concerned about the well-being of their children. Both parents generally want to remain involved in their kid's lives and contribute to their support. In recent years, there has been a change in how custody has been divided between parents.

Which factors are used when deciding on sole custody?

Many courts prefer to award divorcing couples joint custody. It's believed that having a strong relationship with both parents is in the best interest of the child. However, some situations warrant sole custody, such as allegations of abuse or neglect. If you plan on filing for sole custody during your divorce, Very Well Family recommends the following advice. 

What can I expect during a supervised visit?

When it comes to child custody and visitation, courts prefer that both parents play a role in the life of their kids. However, if safety is a concern the judge might mandate supervised visits for the non-custodial parent. These visits entail having a third-party attend the visit with the parent and child. This can be a social worker, counselor, or even an impartial family member. While supervised visits often take place in a childcare center, they can also occur at a person's home provided the situation is well-monitored. 

How can I save money on school supplies?

With the new school year rapidly approaching, many divorced parents in Michigan are thinking about ways to save on back to school supplies. Budgets are tight for many people these days, but it can be especially difficult to cover any additional costs after being recently divorced. The Balance offers a few ways you can save on school costs while also ensuring your kids are well prepared for the upcoming school year. 

How can I deal with serious co-parenting issues?

Seeing eye-to-eye with your ex when it comes to co-parenting can be a challenging issue. In some cases, you may feel as though you're at your wit's end when struggling to find common ground. There are a number of sticky co-parenting scenarios you're bound to face, and each one of them will have its own challenges to navigate. That's why Very Well Family offers the following advice on some common co-parenting woes. 

Lorrie J. Zahodnic

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Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C. has provided skilled and compassionate legal guidance to Michiganders in family law matters for over 20 years.

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