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Divorced fathers and co-parenting

6372318_S.jpgWhen couples with children get divorced, it can sometimes be difficult for fathers to remain as actively involved with their children as they were before the divorce. However, there are certain steps fathers can take to make sure that they are involved in their children's lives.

Preparation is key when having to submit proposals to the court regarding custody and visitation. It is important to take into account the needs of the children and the work times for both parents. One should keep in mind that while the court prefers that the custody and visitation plans be accommodating for all parties, the ultimate deciding factor is what is in the best interests of the children.

It is also important that fathers plan and create the best parenting plan they can while the divorce is still underway. Once the divorce is final, they will be bound to the plan whether it is working or not. In order to change the terms of the plan, it will be necessary to do so through the court system, which will take time and money.

All family members should have a clear idea of each parent's role. Details such as how the ex-spouses will communicate with one another about the welfare of the children and how each parent will remain a fixture in the children's lives, even when they are not physically together, will have to be addressed.

A family law attorney may assist clients with resolving legal disputes regarding the child custody. The attorney may seek to obtain modifications to an existing child custody order for more favorable visitation and custody terms for clients. The attorney may help with petitioning the court for physical custody of the child if the custodial parent has not adhered to the terms of the current custody order.

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