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Tips for protecting children from the impact of divorce

Divorced parents in Colorado can help lessen the impact of the divorce on their children by working together to help them adjust. Their children should not be made to feel guilty for expressing love for parents and stepparents and wanting to spend time with them, and parents should avoid negative remarks about one another in front of the children.

Current trend in child custody

Fathers in Colorado who sought shared custody of their children after a divorce during the majority of the 20th century were often unsuccessful. During that time, the family courts would almost always favor the mothers when considering how to award child custody. However, in the last three decades, there has been a substantial shift in how child custody is awarded: Family courts are beginning to encourage mutual agreements that favor shared parental custody arrangements.

Resolving conflicts related to raising children

Parenting can be challenging after a divorce, but it is important for parents in Colorado and throughout the country to put their needs second and focus on what is best for the children. This means not putting them in the middle of arguments or other disputes that the adults are involved in. If a child mentions something that the other parent has said, it may be time for a conversation with that person. Ideally, this conversation will take place at a neutral location where the child is not present.

Out-of-state custodial parent relocations

Divorced parents in Colorado are often able to make things easier for their children by remaining within fairly close proximity to one another. Unfortunately, this isn't always possible. Whether it's because of a job change or other life circumstances, a relocation can present some challenges for parents after a marriage comes to an end. This situation can become even more complicated if the custodial parent wishes to relocate out of state with a child.

Research strongly supports joint custody for young children

When parents in Colorado separate, the issue of child custody could create conflict. For example, a mother might seek sole physical custody and justify the request with the belief in traditional cultural norms. Some say that overnight care provided to toddlers by fathers could negatively influence the children's mental health. However, studies from psychologists analyzing the differences between sole custody and joint custody have firmly discredited this notion.

Tips for fathers seeking custody or paying child support

Some Colorado fathers who are divorced or who are not married to the mother of their children might feel the system is unfairly against them. While courts are supposed to treat mothers and fathers equally, over four-fifths of custodial parents are mothers. Meanwhile, fathers may face serious consequences for failing to pay child support or might not be able to get access to their children because of a protection order or because they were not listed on the birth certificate.

The basics of temporary child custody issues

While it's always difficult, divorce can be especially complicated when children are involved. Custody issues are typically a high priority for divorcing parents in Colorado. In most cases, temporary custody is worked out between the parents. However, a family court judge sometimes must decide who receives temporary custody.

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