Perhaps you and your ex-spouse quickly and amicably agreed to child-related matters -- centrally custody and parenting time (often called visitation) -- during your divorce proceedings.
Divorce with children is always difficult. It is difficult because if both parents wish to remain involved in their children's lives, it means the necessity of transferring the children back and forth between the parent's households.
After a divorce, there are many challenges and changes you and your children must contend with, from dealing with handoffs during the school year and the coordination of medical appointments and your children's after-school activities. One of the most jarring is likely to be your first holiday season as a divorced family.
In Minnesota and elsewhere, there has been a fair amount of debate on the subject of co-parenting after a divorce. Some argued that shared parenting should be the default child custody in all divorces. Divorces, like marriages, come in every shape and size, and what works in one, may not work as well in another.
Even though the summer is supposedly one of the more carefree times of the year for adults and children alike -- a time devoted to backyard grilling, outdoor living and much-anticipated vacations -- it can sometimes prove to be difficult for divorced parents.