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Sharing parenting time between 2 households in Massachusetts

Trying to raise kids in two households can be challenging. Parenting time is important for both parents. But Massachusetts parents who are divorced are juggling many things, including schedules, while trying to help their kids adjust to living life in two different places and figuring out what that means for them. Kids may have to adapt to different rules in each place, different parenting styles and essentially different live in different places. There can be a lot of different's for kids of divorce.

So, it's no wonder that some kids have a hard time transitioning from one household to another, but with understanding parents that can be remedied. Kids will give signs that they're experiencing difficulties. Perhaps a once outgoing child shows signs of depression or anxiety. Or perhaps a child begins to act out -- something that is unlike him or her. Children thrive on ritual; in other words, they don't like change, so when a routine is put into place when going from one home to another, it may be all that's needed to allay any discomfort a kid might have about the process.

Whatever that ritual is, parents should try to make it fun for their kids. Perhaps spending time together doing a favorite craft before mom comes to pick up the kids from dad would be something both the child and parent would enjoy. Having dinner together before leaving may be another idea. Find out whatever works and stick with it.

Issues surrounding divorce like parenting time can be frustrating if not worked out between the parents, simply because it is in the best interests of the children. A Massachusetts lawyer may be able to offer some pointers to help, especially when it comes to a parenting plan and its legalities. Knowing the law may help parents sort out contentious issues.

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