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How divorced parents can create consistency for their children

When Wisconsin parents of young children get a divorce, it typically means that their children will spend time in two different households. This may mean that the children will likely experience two sets of house rules. One way to ensure a certain level of consistency is for the parents to talk about the rules that they would like to see enforced. Depending on how the child is, he or she may also be given a say in what the rules will be.

Parents may also benefit from meeting with a mediator to help create rules for their children to follow. A mediator is a neutral party who works to facilitate a conversation between the parents. It may be beneficial for parents to take classes to help them learn how to compromise. These may help individuals see how not enforcing rules in a consistent manner is not in the best interest of a child.

If none of those strategies works, it may be necessary to ask a judge to make a ruling. This should be a last resort for those who are truly unable to compromise or negotiate with their child's other parent. Once a judge makes a ruling, it must be followed. Furthermore, a judge's rulings may contradict what a parent ultimately wants, which may make it harder to be an effective mother or father.

It is not uncommon for emotions to play a role in child custody matters. It is also not uncommon for parents to have different values that may determine the rules that they wish to enforce when their children are around them. Therefore, it may be best to talk with an attorney about how to resolve potential disputes with the child's other parent.

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