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Consider visitation: One father never has children for holidays

When you combine divorce, visitation and the holidays, the end result can be a somewhat frustrating mess for parents who are divorced. And while we typically focus on issues related to the biological parents fighting over who gets the kids for which holidays, often times stepparents also want to be able to have their stepchildren -- the whole family -- together for the holidays.

Volunteering when the ex has the kids this holiday season

The holidays can be a tough time for divorced parents with children. With one parent getting the kids, it's a natural reaction for the other parent to feel lonely and sad. And with many exes continuously switching off on the holidays year-after-year, a coping mechanism is very important.

Parents with joint custody need to create a plan for Halloween

It's that time of year again: pumpkins are being carved and the preparations for this year's Halloween costume are almost all set to go. However, for parents who have joint child custody, now is also a good time to communicate and work out some kind of a schedule when it comes to trick-or-treating and school Halloween festivities.

Grandparents who are left out after a divorce: Part two

As we discussed in the last post, divorce can be hard on all members of a family, even grandparents. This is especially true when grandparents feel pushed away or left out following the divorce of their children. A recent article in The Huffington Post provided some tips for grandparents who are experiencing this phenomenon.

Grandparents who are left out after a divorce: Part one

It's a sad reality, but sometimes divorce can be just as hard on grandparents in Missouri as it is on the rest of the family. As a recent article in The Huffington Post reported, it is quite common for grandparents to feel pushed away or alienated from their grandchildren after the children's parents go through a divorce.

Creating a parenting plan runs smoother with communication

In the state of Missouri parents with minor children who are going through a divorce must create a proposed parenting plan. This plan should include information related to child custody and visitation schedules, as well as a breakdown of decision-making rights and responsibilities, and how expenses for such things as child care and education will be paid.

Is a 50/50 split the best custody, visitation decision?

Over the past few years it has become more common for a child to split their time evenly between both parents. And while for some this idea of co-parenting may seem like the best way to ensure each parent keeps their rights as a parent, one clinical psychologist is questioning if this scenario is really what is in the best interest of the child.

Older children sometimes seem disinterested in visitation times

As children grow and mature it is normal for them to become more resistant to going back and forth between their parents' houses during visitation time. And while this is sure to hurt a father's feelings who just wants to have a good solid relationship with their child, dads should rest assured that in most situations it isn't that their kids don't love them anymore, it's more that they are just now more concerned with being with friends and their growing social life.

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