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Think carefully about how you respond in co-parenting

Being a co-parent isn't an easy thing to do, especially when you are having issues with the other parent. You do need to remember why you decided to co-parent in the first place so that you can try to work on the issues in a way that will help your child.

Child custody situations don't always go by the book

The issues that some parents face because of child custody are troublesome. Some parents share custody of their children, but one parent just bows out of the situation. This leaves the parent who has the children with the full responsibility of raising them without another adult. This also leaves the children with questions about why a parent abandoned them.

Disengaging from parenting conflicts might help you

Trying to make a parenting relationship with your ex work might not be an easy task. In fact, the inability to work together might be one of the things that led to your divorce. It is still possible to make the parenting relationship work for the children even if you and your ex have different parenting styles.

Help your child get into a routine after the divorce

Children are resilient; however, it is imperative that they have the stability they need to thrive in life. A divorce is a situation that turns a child's world upside down. The stability and routine that they've always known is changing and that is difficult for some children to cope with.

Know when you should file a child support modification petition

We recently discussed some of the changes that are coming with the governor's criminal justice reform bill. If you recall, one of these is that some inmates aren't going to have to pay child support while they are incarcerated. This is something that many people are debating; however, anyone can understand that inmates can't pay child support since they can't hold a gainful job.

Criminal justice reform changes child support orders for inmates

The news of Governor John Bel Edwards' criminal justice reform bill is a big deal for the state and those who are involved in the criminal justice system. But, not everyone is excited about how some of these changes are going to change things in the state.

Know your options for cross-border custody battles

Lake Charles is right on the Louisiana-Texas border. This brings up a challenge for some people who are going through a child custody case. What will happen if your ex moves across the border or if you need to move across the border? Many people might assume that this is a no-brainer, but if you and your ex have a child custody agreement, this might not be so easy.

Child support orders might need to be changed sometimes

Child support payments are vital for the child. These payments help ensure that the child has the necessities of life that he or she needs to survive. If you are paying child support and find that you are having trouble making those payments because your circumstances have changed since your previous order was issued, you might need to consider taking action to get a new child support order.

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