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House rules: Vying for consistency in child custody arrangements

When New York couples have children, they often do so with the intention of raising those kids in a loving household with both parents. However, it is common for parents to later get divorced and find themselves having to navigate the new waters of acting as single parents. This new scenario can have its difficulties, which can range from creating child custody terms to setting rules for both homes.

It is not unusual for each parent to have his or her own style of parenting. Though this often takes place, children still need a sense of consistency. After a divorce, parents may have a more difficult time ensuring that certain rules are enforced in both homes. However, if children lose out on a consistent sense of order and routine -- especially when one parent simply hopes to spite the other parent -- the kids could suffer long-term effects.

If possible, parents may want to work together and compromise where they can. By having each parent give input as to what rules should carry over from one house to another, they may feel more willing to enforce those rules. Often, an exchange of ideas can help create a plan that both parents feel comfortable with and which will benefit the children.

Of course, some New York residents may face a more difficult situation. If compromise and discussion are not on the table, parents may need to take more drastic measures. Child custody modifications may be warranted for a variety of reasons, but individuals should understand that these modifications could prove difficult to come by. Concerned parents may wish to discuss their options with their legal counsel to find out more information.

Source: The Huffington Post, "5 Ways Divorced Parents Can Provide Constancy for Their Children When There are Two Sets of 'House Rules'", Steve Mindel, Nov. 16, 2017

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