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How parents can put together a parenting schedule after divorce

Parents in Arizona who get a divorce might also have to work out a parenting schedule. They should not treat this as an opportunity to get back at one another because they are angry about the divorce. The parenting schedule's purpose is for the child to be able to build a healthy relationship with both parents post-divorce.

Why most parents should share custody

Research suggests that parents in Arizona and throughout the country share custody of their children if possible. This is true even if the child is a toddler. Generally speaking, allowing a child to stay overnight with a mother or father is not going to harm their development. Furthermore, having both parents share custody can be good for the family as a whole. Children in such an environment had fewer mental, physical and behavioral problems.

Parental alienation claims might be used to excuse abuse

It is generally important for children in Arizona to benefit from the presence of both parents in their lives, including after a high-conflict divorce. However, this issue can be complicated in the presence of abuse, including domestic violence against a parent or physical, sexual or mental abuse of a child. The issue of parental alienation is raised in court in contentious custody cases, but the realities behind such claims can be more complex than they first appear.

How visitation schedules are created

If a parent in Arizona is not granted custody of a child, that person is likely to be granted visitation rights. However, a visitation schedule may not look the same for all households. In some cases, a parent may be allowed to see a child on weekends or on alternating weeks. It is also possible that a parent will get to his or her child during school vacations or during the holidays.

Making divorce easier for children during the holidays

Parents and children in Arizona normally enjoy a healthy mix of enjoyment and anxiety during the holidays due to the bustle of activity characteristic of this time of the year. However, families dealing with the added dynamics of divorce and the logistics of two households often face added dilemmas. Tension between exes can further complicate matters, which is why the recommendations discussed below are often made to help parents still experience the joy of spending the holidays with their children without added stress.

Winning back child custody

Child custody disputes can be incredibly stressful. For parents who have lost custody of their children, knowing that the court thinks their kids are better off with somebody else can be emotionally debilitating. However, there are ways to win back custody in Arizona.

Tips for co-parenting following a divorce

Going through a divorce can be particularly difficult for Arizona parents, especially for those who will be sharing custody of their children. If the divorce was particularly contentious, parents may find it difficult to co-parent with their ex-spouse or ex-partner. However, working together can help the children transition from one household to two.

Meeting the needs of children in high-conflict divorces, Part 2

We last left off with Joan B. Kelly in our prior blog post, noting therein that the described "groundbreaking clinical psychologist and researcher" has a lot to say concerning the welfare of children in high-conflict divorces. That should hardly be surprising, given Kelly's half-century immersion in the subject matter.

Help your kids survive and thrive in the wake of divorce

You know what precious cargo means if you have children and are headed for an Arizona divorce. There is flatly nothing more important during the divorce process and thereafter than your focused attention - and that of your impending ex - on the best interests of your kids.

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