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Trouble with your child? Parenting plans are necessary

There are many parenting issues that people deal with when they raise a child. Among them include common issues like having trouble getting your child to eat well or dealing with a child's digital-device addiction.

When you and your ex-spouse navigate these parenting issues, it can be more complicated than normal. You may both have different ways of approaching the problems your child has, which can create a conflict.

How to make your parenting more cohesive after divorce

After a divorce, you can make your parenting more cohesive by creating a parenting plan that contains details on how to handle problem behaviors. For example, if you and your ex-spouse have differing opinions on the addictive nature of video games, you may decide to limit game time to an hour a day. Both of you need to talk through what you're comfortable with allowing so that you can both stick to the same plan.

Other problems, like a child not eating at one parent's house, could be more troublesome. Anxiety, depression and other issues could make a child less likely to eat in one situation than in another, so it's important that you're both informed if a more serious problem is at hand. If a child is struggling with the transition from one home to the other, changes to a custody schedule or therapy might be in order.

Your family law attorney can help you devise a parenting plan on which you both agree. That way, it will be very clear what either parent can or cannot do when your child displays unusual or disruptive behaviors.

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