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How can I deal with loneliness after divorce?

Going through a divorce can be a lonely, isolating process. This is especially true while your kids are with your ex-spouse for summer vacation or visitation. Re-building your life is key in this case, but this can be a difficult process for many people. Accordingly, Psychology Today offers the following tips on how you can deal with loneliness after getting divorced. 

Allowing both parents time for a summer vacation

The warmer temperatures that accompany spring often prompt parents in Richmond to start contemplating how they are going to best utilize the extra time they will have their children during summer breaks. People, in general, tend to enjoy a period of downtime (indeed, according to Travel Agent Central, 35 percent of Americans take a vacation in an area more than 50 miles away from their homes annually). Parents often utilize their children's summer break to take their vacations; divorced parents are no different. Yet fixed custody schedules can make planning a summer vacation difficult. 

Maintain control over your child's post-divorce life

While custody laws in Kentucky protect the best interests of the child by design, when these matters go to trial, they wind up in the hands of a judge to whom your child is a stranger. At The Grinnell Firm, we believe that it is better and healthier for parents and children alike if you and your spouse can reach an agreement regarding custody and/or visitation matters outside of court. That way, you as parents maintain control over the decisions that will affect your child's life after the divorce, and your family can avoid the stress of going to court. 

How can I co-parent with a difficult ex?

For divorced couples in Kentucky, co-parenting is rarely easy. This is especially true when dealing with a difficult ex-spouse, who may create conflict simply because. It’s crucial that you come to an understanding to benefit your children, even if it seems like an impossible task. In this case, Coparenter.com offers the following advice.

When should you modify your child custody agreement?

When you and your spouse are getting divorced in Kentucky, you will need to negotiate a child custody agreement that discusses where your children will reside, how critical parenting decisions will be made and how visitation schedules will work. Creating an agreement that benefits you, your soon-to-be ex and your children are imperative to maintaining positive relationships. Over time, you may discover the need to modify the agreement that you initially made to keep it accurate and valid. 

How does joint custody benefit my kids?

If you and your spouse contemplate divorcing in Kentucky, you may wish to consider sharing custody of your children after your divorce. In all likelihood, both of you love your children and neither of you wants to become an absentee parent limited to visitation every other weekend and alternating holidays. Joint custody can solve this dilemma.

Handling holiday custody

With the holiday season fast approaching, parents in Richmond will likely start making plans on how to maximize the extra time they will get to spend with their kids. Such planning can often be difficult for parents who share custody of their children with their ex-spouse. According to information shared by the U.S. Census Bureau, over 22.1 million children in the U.S. were subject to custodial agreements as recently as 2013. Those kids no doubt want to spend the holidays with both their parents, yet how is that possible? 

What should I know about parallel parenting?

Divorcing couples in Kentucky who share custody must work together to make major decisions regarding their children. When their relationships are contentious working together can be nearly impossible, and a failure to do so will impact their kids for many years going forward. In this case, parallel parenting may be a good solution for high-conflict relationships, as explained by Psychology Today.

Relocating with your kids

One of the most common questions that we here at The Grinnell Firm, PSC receive is whether divorced parents are able to move away from Richmond with their kids. Your reasons for contemplating such an action may be understandable; you may find an opportunity for employment elsewhere, or you may simply find that remaining in the same area recalls too many painful memories from your marriage. Whatever your reasons, you should first know that you are allowed to move away. However, taking your kids with you requires that you follow Kentucky's criteria for parental relocation. 

How can I prepare for my custody hearing?

If you’re divorcing in Richmond, you’re most likely concerned about being prepared for the subsequent custody hearing. Whether you’re filing for joint or sole custody, it’s crucial that you have your case in order to make a good impression on the judge, who will be making decisions based on the best interests of the child. In this event, VeryWellFamily.com offers the following information to ensure parents have the tools they need to effectively communicate their case in court.

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