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Opinions vary about divorce property division

While many people in California and across the country continue to value the role of stay-at-home parents, they have varying ideas about what those parents should receive in a divorce. Around 25% of American mothers and 7% of American fathers leave the workforce to stay home and raise their children. For some of these parents, their families save money overall after they do not pay the costs of daycare. However, many stay-at-home mothers are highly educated with their own high-powered career potential. Around 10% of American highly educated mothers with a master's degree or higher stay home to care for their children.

High-conflict parents may consider an alternative to co-parenting

Co-parenting arrangements are growing in popularity, and divorcing parents often hear about the numerous beneficial outcomes co-parenting can have on their child, such as the child having a higher self-esteem, learning good communication and problem-solving skills, and having a better psychological adjustment to the divorce. However, those beneficial outcomes often do not occur when parents have a contentious relationship because the frequent communication necessary for co-parenting can result in the child being exposed to frequent parental conflict.

Shared parenting gaining increased acceptance

For the better part of the last century, mothers in California and the rest of the country were more likely to be favored when there was a need to make custody decisions. Mothers still generally enjoy more rights with their children after a divorce than fathers, but the prevailing trend in the 21st century is toward shared parenting or joint custody whenever possible.

Effective co-parenting strategies for divorcing couples

Divorce could be confusing for children, even when their parents reinforce the fact that the decision had nothing to do with them. Following the separation, children often have to spend time with their parents in two separate households. Although it might be challenging for California parents to put their ill feelings for a former spouse aside in the interests of their children, there may be great rewards in store for those who can accomplish it.

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