Wendy Hodge July 24, 2021 Parenting
When two people divorce and wish to lead separate lives, it becomes much more complicated when children are involved. Divorcing parents should have the same goal-to be as involved in their children`s lives as possible and to provide them with stable, effective parenting. Joint custody is one way to achieve that goal, but can it work for your family?
Millions of Americans have grown up in households with a step-parent. Whether a stepmother or stepfather, it is not uncommon for children to become just as attached to a step-parent as to the corresponding biological parent. In some cases children may only barely know that biological parent. Despite such a close bond, if the child`s parent and step-parent divorce, it can be difficult for the step-parent to gain legal visitation or custody rights.
Ultimately, the court wants parents to understand that just because their intimate relationship is ending, their rights and responsibilities as parents are not. Because divorce is often full of conflict, pain and hurt, couples are encouraged to set aside their differences and focus on minimizing the effects of the separation on the children.
A good parenting plan for young children allows both parents to have meaningful involvement in their children`s lives. Regardless of marital status, each parent can provide valuable contributions to the growth and development of their children. A consistent approach to parenting, as well as a reliable schedule, gives children of any age a sense of security.
Experts recommend that the temporary parenting plan not introduce large changes right away into the children`s lives. While some change is inevitable, parents should minimize drastic changes and introduce new situations slowly. A temporary plan is a good way to get both parents on the same page regarding the new arrangements that separation brings into the family.
To begin with, child support payments can begin before the parenting agreement is finalized. As soon as the parents separate or one parent moves out of the house, a parent can file for temporary child support. This support payment is based on the same formula that is used for the permanent support. Every state uses different factors, but almost every state uses the timeshare percentage to calculate the amount that needs to be paid. This means that the parent who has the most time with the children receives the support. The amount of support is based on the time difference and the other factors the state includes.