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Tips for parents who are no longer together

Parents who are going through the divorce process in Massachusetts may be worried about what their lives will look like after the separation. However, divorce can also have an impact on any children that a couple may have. Therefore, it's important that parents are able to work together to ensure that their kids are able to adjust to their new reality. One way to do that is to be consistent.

Regardless of where a child is staying, he or she should be subject to the same rules and the same consequences for breaking those rules. Parents should also strive to be honest with their kids about why the divorce took place. Of course, the information given should be age appropriate and not used to cast blame on the other parent for causing the marriage to end. Parents themselves should also be able to communicate with each other.

If parents don't get along, they can use online tools to communicate effectively about issues related to their children. At some point, parents may date or otherwise introduce new people into a child's life. This should be done with care as this person needs to establish a good relationship with the child. Otherwise, it could result in defiant behavior and other negative traits that can be challenging to deal with.

Ideally, both parents will have a significant role in the child's life after a divorce. However, there are several factors that may determine how parenting time is divided. For instance, if a parent lives too far away from the child or has an irregular work schedule, he or she may be relegated to seeing a child on weekends or during school breaks. An attorney could help a parent obtain maximum parental rights after a marriage ultimately ends.

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