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3 tips for successful co-parenting after divorce

Divorce is a difficult and emotionally trying event for anyone, but parents have an especially complicated set of challenges. Not only do parents have to find ways to manage their own stress and emotional well-being, they also must consider the needs of their children and adapt appropriately based on the children's ages and circumstances.

Following a divorce, the ideal situation is one in which both ex-spouses are active co-parents and find ways to harmoniously raise their children despite the divorce. This does not come easy, however, and those who do it well often have several factors in common. Here are three tips to help you find your way to a successful co-parenting situation with your ex after divorce:

Points to keep in mind if you are facing a “gray” divorce

Divorce after the age of 50—so-called “gray” divorce—is no longer an attention-getter among friends, family and co-workers. It is much more common now than it was even a decade ago.

The issues you face now are going to be different than they would be for a younger person. Here then are five points to keep in mind about a gray divorce.

What can I do if I cannot afford support payments?

Sometimes things can happen in life that makes it hard for you to pay child support. You might have lost a job, developed a serious medical condition that requires expensive treatment or simply fallen on hard times in Montgomery and Bucks counties and in Philadelphia. Though you are willing to pay child support to your ex, the amount you must pay might be too high. 

You might be wondering what your options are if you are unable to afford to pay child support. It is important for you to tread carefully. You do not want to ignore a child support order. Failure to pay child support has serious consequences that could result in wage garnishment and jail time, while causing you to fall behind in payments. It might be possible for you to ask for a child support modification. Here are some factors to consider about child support modifications. 

How to get your finances together for divorce

Choosing to divorce your partner is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. It does not matter how long you were with your spouse in Jenkintown. Knowing when to throw in the towel can help you to recover from it and move on with your life. 

You may find yourself experiencing a variety of emotions at this time and feel inclined to rush to finalize things. Making rash decisions can lead to a poor outcome. Before you file your divorce papers, take some time to prepare yourself financially with the following suggestions. 

How to make your divorce easier to deal with

If you are ready to file for divorce from your spouse in Jenkintown, you may want to consider how complicated things can get. You may think it is something easy you can do before you start over, but there are a lot of things that can happen during the process that can make it harder for you to move on. 

You may have a lot of pent-up feelings like anger, guilt and anxiety threatening to break free. But if you are not careful, they can catch up with you and influence your actions and decisions without you realizing it. Before you start the process, take some time to learn how to make your separation easier to manage. 

What you should know about divorce mediation

So, you decided it's time for divorce. What are your options now? If you find yourself dreading the protracted, bitter court battle you believe inevitable, you should know about options such as divorce mediation.

Mediation can work for divorcing couples who may not be able to agree on everything but have an interest in resolving their disputes outside a formal litigation setting. Some Pennsylvania courts may require mediation or order it in individual cases.

Understanding parenting plans and PA custody proceedings

Going through a divorce involving minor children is difficult, and one of the major steps the court will ask both parents to complete is the establishment of a parenting plan. That is because the plan outlines all the necessary boundaries and agreements between the divorcing spouses, including those the court orders and voluntary agreements the parents seek out to make the management of the co-parenting experience easier for both of them.

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