5 Common Mistakes to Avoid when Parenting through a Divorce

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Guest post by Brad M. Micklin, Esq., the lead family attorney Montclair

Every divorcing couple goes through different degrees of civility and struggle. Higher animosity between parents can lead to difficult co-parenting. Sometimes, it might feel impossible to co-parent and handle certain situations.

Regardless of your ex-spouse, you can choose how you want to parent your children. Here are some common mistakes you should try to avoid when parenting through divorce.

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5 Common Parenting Schedules in 80-20 Custody Agreements

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With the 80-20 split, one of the parents acts as the primary caretaker (at 80% of the time). With this very unequal division of time, your child has a home base at Parent A’s house, rather than at two different homes. This schedule is likely to work best if 1) one parent travels often for work, 2) the two co-parents live far apart, or 3) your child cannot adjust to a constantly changing environment and needs a primary home base. There are 5 main types of 80 20 custody schedules:

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4 Common Parenting Schedules in 70-30 Custody Agreements

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With the 70-30 schedule, your child spends 70% of their time with one parent, and 30% with the other. Both parents are still able and want to be involved in their kids’ lives, but the division of time is less equal than in a 50-50 or 60-40 arrangement. The 70 / 30 custody schedule may be best if parents live far apart and need to minimize transitions from one home to another, one parent has a busier work or travel schedule than the other, or their child needs a consistent home base with a “primary” parent. There are 4 common types of 70 30 custody schedules:

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2 Common Parenting Schedules in 60-40 Custody Agreements

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As the name implies, 60-40 custody schedules are close to 50-50, but one parent gets a bit more time with the kids than the other. The days are split 3-4, with one parent having the kids for 3 days and the other for 4. There are just two common patterns for 60 / 40 custody agreements: extended weekends and 3-4 alternation.

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How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep Every Night

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Sleep is incredibly important. It affects both your mental and physical health. If you don’t get enough sleep, your productivity, health, mood, and even your weight can be negatively affected. The problem is, sleep is often not a priority for parents. In addition, there are many outside factors that interfere with a restful night.

Here are 5 tips to make sure you are getting the rest that your body needs – night after night.

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8 Simple, Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Your Family

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Research shows that people who skip breakfast are more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than their breakfast-eating counterparts.

But mornings can get very hectic, so you might be tempted to skip breakfast or grab something not-so-healthy on the go. Here are 8 simple recipes for a healthy and yummy breakfast that your family can enjoy every day.

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10 Great Gift Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Day

Teacher Appreciation Day

Teacher Appreciation Day is the time for your kids to show their teachers how much they value and appreciate them.

Here are 10 great ideas for Teacher Appreciation gifts that are sure to be appreciated! Gifts from individual students as well as joint gifts from the whole class can make this day truly special.

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9 Tips to Make Spring Cleaning a Breeze

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The birds are singing, the sun is out and flowers are blooming. It’s finally Spring!

While it may be tempting to just soak up the sunlight outside, there are some responsibilities in the home that cannot be ignored.

It is finally time to do all those little chores that you have been putting off. While the prospect of deep cleaning your entire house may be daunting, here are 9 simple tips to make this process as satisfying and painless as possible.

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4 Simple Tips for How to Get Your Child to Sleep

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Getting your children to go to sleep quickly and easily is anything but easy! Not getting enough sleep can affect not only your children’s mood and health, but also your own – you need your sleep, too. Below are some tips to help get your children to bed and snoozing in no time.

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Stepparent Survival Guide: Your Rights, Responsibilities and Tips for Being an Effective Stepparent

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Being a parent is challenging, even under the best of circumstances. But being a stepparent is extra-challenging, as you’re stepping into an already complicated family dynamic. You may also be bringing your own children into your new family, with both you and your new spouse becoming a stepparent at the same time.

How does a new step-parent navigate this complex world? What are stepparents’ legal rights and responsibilities? What can stepparents do about discipline? Medical issues? Interactions with their stepchild’s school? How does a stepparent become the best stepparent possible?

Below you will find a summary of the research on being an effective stepmom or stepdad. We tried to answer your questions about relationships with your stepchild, effective discipline, dealing with your stepchild’s school and with medical issues. We also listed some great resources for step-parents on these issues.

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