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How parenting plans are written and put into action matter

When going through the divorce process, some parents in Massachusetts struggle with child custody. It can be difficult to work out custody arrangements, but it can be even harder to put parenting plans into action in a way that does not negatively affect their children. There are some things parents can do, though, to help their children adjust to their new family arrangement.

New living arrangements, adjustments in schedules, sometimes new schools and losing friends are changes children experience as a result of their parent's divorce. These significant life changes are often made worse when parents argue in front of their children or talk negatively about each other in front of their children or on social media. How children adjust really depends on the attitudes of their parents.

According to a recent report, how parenting plans are put in action have a significant impact on how well children fare after divorce. Those whose parents are able to work together rather than fight about custody arrangements or modifications -- short or long term -- that need to be made are able to adjust to their situations much easier than those who parents fight each other on every tiny detail. Parents can help their children by creating a safe zone for them. By doing this, any arguments parents may have to take place away from the kids so that time with their children is positive time.

Making parenting plans work and keeping everything positive can be a challenge. Being honest with one's kids and working hard to keep their best interests in mind is all divorcing parents in Massachusetts can do. All of this starts with writing a parenting plan that each parent feels is fair and provides for the needs of their children. This, of course, can be done with the assistance of legal counsel.

Source:, "D-I-V-O-R-C-E: It can do a number on kids if not handled right", Bonnie J. Toomey, Accessed on Aug. 28, 2017

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