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Custodial parents' responsibilities when a co-parent returns

Sometimes, following divorce, one parent may be largely absent from their children's lives. Often this is because they're living far from the kids and the custodial parent. Maybe they're even overseas while serving in the military. Unfortunately, some parents have little or no contact with their kids because they're incarcerated or in an in-patient recovery or mental health facility.

Three factors divorcing parents should understand about custody

As a parent facing divorce, one of your biggest concerns may be about child custody. Your children are important to you, and it can seem absurd that you could be told that you can only see them on a schedule. However, there are three factors about child custody that can be helpful for you to understand if you are to reach the best possible child custody outcome.

Parents can help keep their teens from trying alcohol, drugs

Your teen is likely looking forward to the freedom and fun that summer vacation brings. However, you're probably a little concerned about what kind of trouble they might get into -- particularly involving drinking and drug use. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more teens first drink alcohol and use drugs in June or July than in any other months of the year.

Some types of parental conflict are more harmful than others

If you and your spouse are divorcing, your children have likely already witnessed some parental conflict in your home. Now that you're co-parenting across two homes, you're probably more cognizant of the impact of parental conflict on your kids. You've heard about the negative impacts on kids' lives, well into adulthood.

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