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Tips for changing child custody arrangements

Deciding to file for divorce can be a deeply emotional and personal choice that many residents of Denver, Colorado, may find themselves making. Some divorces may be relatively straightforward, especially when both parties work out their issues and pursue an uncontested divorce. Other divorces are understandably more difficult due to complications with securing child support or determining child custody arrangements. In some cases, the child may later wish to alter the custody arrangements, which can potentially lead to emotional pain and have legal ramifications.

When a child approaches a parent with the desire to live with the non-custodial parent, the report offers certain tips to help navigate the potentially emotional situation with as little conflict as possible. One of the tips suggested is that parents do not make an effort to speak negatively about the other parent. It is in the best interest of the child that he or she doesn't feel the need to choose one parent over the other. Additionally, having a successful co-parenting means that it is important to understand the importance of the other parent.

Changing the child's primary living arrangements can lead to other legal implications. In most cases, child support is calculated based on the income of the non-custodial parent. In addition to child support issues, there are other legal rights that might be necessary to clarify, which can reportedly include ensuring that the non-custodial parent has the consent necessary to make medical decisions for example.

It is understandable that parents don't want to hear that their children wish to change their living arrangements in favor of living with another parent. However, it is important to understand that sometimes it is in the best interest of the child to make the change in child custody possible. By keeping in mind the possible ramifications, a Denver, Colorado, parent can ensure that his or her child enjoys a fulfilling childhood with both parents.

Source: The Huffington Post, "6 Words No Divorced Parent Wants To Hear", Bruce McCracken, Aug. 3, 2014

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