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3 back-to-school co-parenting tips

It is already August, which means it is time to start preparing for your kids going back to school. This time of transition comes with several challenges, especially in your post-divorce life. Both you and your ex have obligations to help your children out as school comes near. They deserve to feel confident and happy going into the school year.

How should you handle all of these responsibilities and make sure everything goes smoothly? Follow these tips for successful back-to-school co-parenting.

How to modify your child custody order in New York

Are you frustrated with your court-ordered child custody arrangement? As summer is approaching, you might want to spend more time with your children. While the agreement is legally binding, there are certain circumstances that might warrant a modification.

You cannot make a unilateral decision to change the child custody agreement, but you might be able to change it through a voluntary decision with your ex or with a court modification. Here is a guide to modifying child custody in New York.

Tips for creating a visitation schedule that works

Separating property during a divorce can be challenging, but trying to sort out custody and visitation between parents can be emotionally charged and feel like a win-lose situation. When parents cannot work together to determine a parenting schedule, the court must step in. This generally results in a lose-lose situation. Both the parents and the children involved lose because the schedule is out of your hands. The New York State Unified Court System has a number of great resources for parents trying to navigate a divorce.

In New York, visitation is defined as "the right of a non-custodial parent to be with a child." Even if two parents have joint custody, the child generally has a primary residence and lives with one parent more often. Joint custody is not about sharing the child 50-50, it is about both parents being responsible for the major decisions in the child's life. You will need to negotiate time with the other parent to work out a visitation schedule.

4 tips for dealing with joint custody over the holidays

Busy parents in New York know how quickly time flies. One minute it's summer and you're taking the kids to camp, and the next you're pulling winter coats and boots out of storage in preparation for winter's arrival.

Soon enough, the holidays will be upon us, and for many people, that means life can get hectic. If you're divorced and share custody of your kids with your ex, it may be time to start thinking about a plan.

Why you should fight your traffic ticket

You got pulled over for a traffic violation and received a ticket. Do you pay the ticket or fight it in traffic court? If you always pay because you hate taking time out of your day to go to traffic court, read this blog to learn why it may be better to fight a traffic ticket.

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