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Tips for co-parenting after divorce

While raising a child can be a rewarding experience, it also has its challenges. Moreover, for divorced parents in New Mexico, maintaining their parental views after a divorce can be difficult while they learn to share their parenting time with their ex-spouse. Nevertheless, parents should consider the benefits of co-parenting and how they could use this situation to benefit the child, focusing on the needs and best interests of the child.

Taking action to devise a custody plan and resolve custody issues

Parents often desire to spend quality time with their children, and when a divorce is imminent, the parenting time they are awarded in the dissolution is often at the forefront of their attention. Our law firm understands that reaching agreeable terms regarding child custody can be difficult for New Mexico parents. Divorcing parents should not only be aware of their rights and options but also what arrangements focus on the best interests of the children.

Child custody enforcement and uniform laws

Parents in New Mexico have many concerns regarding their children. Even when parents divorce, the decisions made regarding custody and visitation can be difficult and cause them to have numerous questions. What if they want to modify the agreement? What happens if a parent is not complying with the order? What if a parents moves to another state? How is child custody enforcement applied in these matters?

Traditional child custody arrangements called into question

When parents in New Mexico decide to divorce, they are often faced with numerous serious decisions to make. This often creates a highly stressful and exhausting situation for everyone involved. While parents address issues concerning their children, their kids are just as impacted by these choices. The decisions concerning their children such as child support and custody might take some time to form an agreement. Even after an agreement is reached, issues concerning visitation and custody could still present themselves.

Remember to focus on the kids when co-parenting

Figuring out the best way to raise children after divorce can be a difficult decision for any New Mexico parent. For divorced couples who believe it is important for their children to spend adequate time with both parents, they may opt for a co-parenting route.

Program designed to help document custody and visitation

When parents in New Mexico decide it is time to call it quits that is only the beginning of the decision-making process that dissolution requires. Divorcing spouses need to construct a parenting plan that will entail all the facets of their child's life. This does not only include things like school, medical appointments and extracurricular activities but also includes time spent with other family members. The parents of the divorcing spouses will often seek visitation rights, and this can further complicate an already complex family law issue.

Pitfalls and complications with do-it-yourself divorces

When it comes to taking care of expensive or complicated matters, individuals and married couples in New Mexico often like to take matters in their own hands in order to save money. The do-it-yourself mentality is often applied to projects that they believe they can carry out on their own, but when it comes to a divorce, it is challenging to deal with all the necessary details and steps. This is especially true when children are involved in the divorce. When establishing a child custody arrangement, it is important the best interests of the child are paramount.

More households run by single dads than ever before 

The increase in the number of fathers heading up households is noteworthy in New Mexico and across the country. In 1960, just one percent of households with minor children were led by single dads. By 2011, that figure had risen to eight percent. Historically, the courts worked with laws that directed them to consider the "best interests of the child" in disputes over physical custody. In reality, this resulted in rulings in favor of mothers a significant proportion of the time. A perception of maternal bias on the part of the courts discouraged many fathers from even attempting to share physical custody or to seek sole custody.

A guide for parents on moving after a divorce

Parents of Albuquerque who have been through a divorce, or who are currently considering one, may exert a lot of effort to ensure the process is fair and comfortable to the children involved. A divorce or a custody arrangement can grow more complex when one of the parents decides to relocate, and the farther away they move, the more planning and arrangement it will take. These are known as move-away custody cases.

Shared parenting on the horizon

When couples in New Mexico and elsewhere around the country divorced, the norm was that the children stayed with the mother in the family home while dad moved to an apartment, made monthly child support payments and saw the kids every other weekend. Now, a growing number of advocates are arguing that shared child custody should be the norm. In some states, shared parenting may even become the law.