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Teenagers and Child Custody

In Child Custody, Parenting by Elizabeth Stephenson

Working through the realities of child custody is challenging for any parent. Even with the most thoughtful, well-intentioned parenting plan agreement or child custody order, and co-parents who communicate well, our life circumstances evolve and our children age. In fact, as children of separated parents become teenagers, new custody challenges can arise that will challenge the best of us. Teenagers Have Their Own Lives A natural part of children’s development is that they are less and less dependent as they grow up. Long gone are the days when they were super-attached and always wanted to be around you. Now they have their friends, they start to date, they have school, they have extracurricular activities, and they have hobbies. In other words they are increasingly busy. Because of their social lives, …

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Making Your Children Your First Priority

In Parenting by Sarah Hink

If you are in the midst of a separation or divorce, you know that it is really easy to get caught up in the break-up aspect of it all. Whatever led to the end of the relationship is fresh, raw, and real. Nobody is perfect, but a lot of people have trouble making decisions during this tumultuous time period. In fact, sometimes people make unhealthy decisions in order to make themselves feel better, or to make the other spouse feel worse. When there are children involved, it is important to be very mindful of their experience. Your children are suffering a trauma, one that will have an impact on the rest of their lives no matter how smoothly a divorce goes. Children rely on their parents to help them make …