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How to help your children adapt to a post-divorce lifestyle

Parenting is often a rewarding, adventurous experience although, in most cases, not without its challenges. Various life circumstances and extenuating factors may greatly affect your ability to parent well. Like most good parents in California or elsewhere, you always have your kids' best interests in mind. Some situations require special focus and attention, such as breaking the news to your children that you plan to divorce.  

Living with your partner? You may need a cohabitation agreement.

Not all partners choose to marry, and many California couples cohabitate without entering into a legally binding marriage. If you live with your partner, you could still benefit from a contract that addresses what would happen in the event the relationship ends in the future.

Covering all possible scenarios when negotiating a parenting plan

No matter how you look at it, the end of a marriage will inevitably bring about change in the lives of everyone involved. As a parent, you may have concerns about how your children will handle the situation and wish to take steps to safeguard their well-being throughout the process.

Sometimes going to court is the best option

For many people, divorce conjures up images of heated arguments, accusations and courtroom battles that leave a couple bitter enemies. However, this is seldom the case, and many couples settle their divorces in an amicable -- if not friendly -- manner. Since the 1980's, out-of-court dispute resolutions processes such as mediation have been available to divorcing families. During mediation, you and your spouse meet periodically with a neutral mediator who guides you toward the resolutions to your conflicts.  Typically, each party also has an attorney whom they can consult during mediation about any proposed settlement.

Joint custody: Parenting together after your divorce is final

Divorce is often most difficult for the young children in the family. California parents know that their kids will have to deal with the ramifications of the end of their marriage, but there are ways that they can minimize the negative impact of this decision. In some cases, parents may be able to resolve to work together to parent their children jointly.

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