When you and your co-parent divorced, you both continued to live in Winston-Salem area, so exchanges were relatively easy. Now your former spouse has accepted a job a thousand miles away.
If your co-parent is getting sole custody of your children and you have visitation rights, it's essential to craft a visitation schedule that allows you and your kids to forge a healthy relationship as they grow up even though you won't be part of their everyday lives.
Substance abuse, from alcoholism to opioid dependency, affects millions of families across the country. Often, substance abuse contributes to the dissolution of marriages. Sometimes, people who are going through divorce begin to rely on alcohol and/or drugs to cope with the stress or fall deeper into a dependency they already have.
You've been granted supervised visitation with your child. You likely have a lot of questions about what that means, how it will work and what is expected of you. You may feel resentful that the only way you can see your child is if a social worker, counselor or adult family member is present. You may be required to go to a designated facility like a child care center. Sometimes, the child is allowed to come to the parent's home with the supervising adult.
One of the most biggest changes that divorced couples face in their co-parenting relationship is when one of them gets a new significant other who becomes part of the kids' lives. Despite whatever conflicted feelings this may bring up for you, it's important to encourage your kids to accept and get along with this new person. After all, you'd want your ex to do the same for you. The more adults your kids have in their lives who care about them, the better off they'll be.
When most couples divorce, they're usually still living fairly close to one another. If they have children, they can generally work out a shared custody arrangement where the kids can regularly spend time with both parents, even if one parent has primary physical custody.
When divorced parents live a significant distance apart, they're often faced with the decision of whether to let their children fly between homes during school vacations on their own.
When family law judges are required to determine child custody and visitation issues, they allow the noncustodial parent to have some visitation rights to the child unless it would put the child in danger. Family law recognizes that it's generally best for children to maintain regular contact with the noncustodial parent so they can continue and build the parent-child bond.