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Understanding legal custody interference

When most people think of child custody interference, they think about interference with the physical custody of the child. It could be something like refusing to exchange custody even though the schedule says they need to do so. It could mean taking the child out of state on a vacation without permission.

How to help kids do well in school during a divorce

Divorce is distracting for children, and it can be emotionally difficult. This pulls their attention away from their studies, and that's one reason that they tend to do a bit worse in school when their parents split up. Other children with more stable homes live simply, have fewer things to think about, and can focus on school more of the time.

Your parenting schedule may change as the kids go back to school

Children tend to operate on two basic schedules. They have one schedule that they use during the school year, which consists of going to school until roughly 3:00 p.m. every weekday, much the same as their parents' likely work schedule. They have a second schedule for the summer, which is when they get three months off for vacation.

Tips for getting the most out of your time with the kids

You know that the time you spend with your children is important. You know that studies have linked it to behavior patterns, academic performance and things of this nature. After your divorce, you also know that you will have less time with the kids than you did before, so you want to make the most out of it.

Don't let divorce guilt change your rules for your child

When you get divorced as a parent, you may be tempted to let the rules go. After all, you feel like you dragged the child through the divorce. Sure, the child custody arrangement keeps both you and your ex involved in your child's life, but you know it's not the same. You feel bad about that, even if you're glad you got divorced on a personal level.

Children really do value both parents

Typically, courts these days assume that children should get to see both parents. Even in divorce, both parents should stay involved. That may not mean that child custody gets split up perfectly evenly, but gone are the days when the courts would vastly prefer one parent over the other. They recognize the value in the relationships with both mothers and fathers.

Should your child custody plan offer extended summer vacation?

While many child custody schedules simply split the time up equally between both parents -- the kids spend every other week at a different parent's house, for instance -- it is sometimes important to think outside of the box and consider more creative ways to set up the schedule.

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