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Should you and your ex try to co-host a child's birthday party?

One of the first big event-related challenges that newly separated or divorced parents often face is a child's birthday party. If you're sharing custody of your child and live near each other, throwing one party rather than two and hosting it together is typically the best option for the child.

Partners and family members need to respect your parenting plan

As you and your soon-to-be-ex work out your custody agreement and parenting plan, it's essential to agree that other adults in your life, both now and in the future, will respect them. That includes new partners as well as grandparents and other family members.

Being denied custody doesn't mean you can't get visitation rights

If a court has granted your co-parent sole custody of your child, that doesn't necessarily mean that you can't remain part of their lives. Unless a parent is denied custody because they could pose a threat to their child's well-being, courts often allow generous visitation rights. Most judges want to see a child maintain a relationship with both parents if it's in their best interests.

Separation anxiety is common when kids move between homes

When children move between their parents' homes after separation or divorce, it's not uncommon for them to experience separation anxiety -- particularly if they spend most of their time at one parent's home. The idea of going to their other parent's house for the weekend may cause significant anxiety.

Keeping your kids safe online

Maybe you resisted getting your child a cellphone or letting them go on Instagram and other social media sites. However, after you and your spouse split up, you wanted them to be able to talk, text and video chat with the parent they weren't with. Maybe you wanted them to be able to share their vacation adventures and other activities with the parent who was back at home.

Why equally shared custody is good for parents as well as kids

Custody agreements between divorced parents are more likely to provide equal parenting time than they did even several decades ago, when many divorced fathers were relegated to being "weekend dads." A multitude of studies have found that children do better when they spend approximately the same amount of time with each of their parents.

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