Divorce is a challenging experience; you have to break up with your spouse, divide time with your children and lose half of your assets in the process. There is also the possibility that you need to find a new house or apartment after the divorce finalizes.
There is not one “right way” to parent after a divorce because each family requires a different approach for raising children. However, there is one way to ensure you develop the right strategy: a parenting plan.
Media often portrays single dads as careless fathers who only want to be the “cool dad.” They want to go to hockey games and drink beer while changing the baby’s diaper. To the media, being a single dad is usually the butt of the joke.
Divorce is difficult for everyone, and the transitional period immediately following a separation or divorce can prove especially taxing for any children involved. In addition to adjusting to the obvious change of their parents no longer being with one another, children of divorced couples typically must also learn to adjust to living in two different homes. While there is no magic formula for minimizing the emotional impact your divorce may have on your child, there are some key steps you can take to help ease the transition and make both parents' residences feel like home. Consider taking the following actions.
Missouri and a few other states are considering legislation that could change the way in which child custody arrangements are made. Current Missouri law (found in Missouri Revised Statutes Section 452.375.1) bases custody on the legal standard of the "best interests of the child," and provides guidance for family court judges making child custody determinations in the form of factors to be considered before custody is set.