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What you need to know if a custody evaluation has been ordered

You and your soon-to-be-ex have struggled to work out a custody agreement for your kids that will give you both the time with them and involvement in their lives that you want. However, you can't find common ground. There's too much animosity between you. You have no choice but to let a judge decide the matter.

The advantages of finding a 'halfway point' for custody exchanges

One of the important aspects of co-parenting that divorced parents have to work out is how they will "exchange" their kids when they go from one parent's home to another. If the parents still live near each other, they will often drop off and pick up from their homes or perhaps from school.

Why Father's Day may need to be part of your parenting plan

Mother's Day and Father's Day can be a challenge for newly-divorced parents. Many couples don't bother to include them in their parenting plans along with Christmas, Thanksgiving and other major holidays. However, if there aren't stipulations in place for these days, parents can wind up battling over whether their children can spend the day with the parent who's being "celebrated" — particularly if the holiday falls during the other parent's designated time.

Dealing with the thorny issue of stepparents and discipline

When divorced parents with primary custody of their kids remarry, their new spouses are a big part of their kids' lives. These stepparents often assume many parenting responsibilities -- particularly if the other biological/legal parent lives far away or has little regular contact with the kids.

How much input should your kids have in your parenting plan?

Working out a custody agreement and parenting plan can be one of the most difficult and conflict-ridden parts of a divorce. Both parents sincerely believe that they have their children's best interests at heart. However, they may have very different views about what those are.

How can you prevent your co-parent from taking your child abroad?

If you're a separated or divorced parent who has concerns that your co-parent will take your children outside the country without your permission (and possibly not return them), there are steps that you can take to help prevent that.

Kids deal with divorce differently depending on their age

For divorcing parents, the battle over child custody and visitation may be even more contentious than their disputes over property and asset division. It's essential for parents to keep these battles away from their children. Whatever happens in your attorneys' offices or court needs to stay there. Don't bring it home to your kids.

What you should know about letting your child fly alone

With spring break upon us and summer vacation not far behind, many divorced parents will be putting their children on airplanes to visit their mom or dad who lives some distance away. If a child has never flown alone before, parents often feel some trepidation at this prospect.

Can you make your own parenting plan?

You and your spouse are splitting up, and you dread the thought of having a judge tell you what you're supposed to do with your kids. The two of you want to work together to come up with the best possible plan on your own. No one knows your kids like you do. Are you legally allowed to do so?

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