Parenting

Managing Parenting Time During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Co-parenting, even at the best of times, is a challenge. Keeping your family healthy—mentally, emotionally, and physically—during a pandemic is a new and unfamiliar challenge. Trying to do all of this at once piles additional stress onto an already stressful situation. The coronavirus pandemic compounds the difficulties of raising a child in two separate households. […]

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Eight Tips for Successful Stepparenting

Marriage and parenting both have their challenges. Marriage to someone who has children from a previous relationship offers its own unique set of challenges as you have suddenly become a stepparent. Don’t get us wrong: becoming a stepparent carries its own unique blessings. Your family has grown; you have been given the opportunity to love […]

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Step-Parent Adoption in Ohio: What You Need to Know

paper cut out of family and gavel | Melissa Graham-Hurd & Associates

As you might imagine, in a family law practice, a lot of our work involves helping couples unwind their relationships. Even when this is a necessary step and best for them and their children, it can be a sad time. That is why we especially relish the times when our work gets to bring families […]

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Co-Parenting After High-Conflict Divorce

Child holding ears and parents fighting | paper cut out of family and gavel | Melissa Graham-Hurd & Associates

Parenting is challenging. Co-parenting after divorce is even more so, with different households with different rules and different schedules, not to mention frequent issues with finances and communication problems. But co-parenting after high-conflict divorce can be much more difficult. It can feel like being ordered to do a flawless ballroom dance routine with someone who […]

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Back to School (As Co-Parents)

Girl with backpack walking with man | Melissa Graham-Hurd & Associates

An office supply store runs an annual back-to-school commercial with parents singing about it being “the most wonderful time of the year.” But if you are sharing custody with your child’s other parent after divorce or separation, you may be dreading the back-to-school season as much as your kids are. Summer is the season of […]

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When a Child Cries at Parenting Time Transitions

Child Crying at Parenting Time Transition - Melissa Graham-Hurd & Associates

Transitions between parents and homes can be challenging for children, just ask any parent who has ever tried to drop a child off at preschool! The transition of moving from one parent’s home to the other’s for parenting time can be even more difficult, and often, the child will cry when having to leave one […]

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