Separation or divorce can be overwhelming for some parents. The loss of a spousal relationship, money worries, moving households, and other details can make you lose sight of your obligations to your children. Being aware of your parental responsibilities at this time will help you handle many decisions involving your children.
Your parental responsibilities are to:
When deciding how to care for your children during and after a separation or divorce, there are a lot of things to think about. The most important thing to consider is, "What is best for my child?" It is a good idea for you and the other parent to create a parenting plan, setting out where the children will live and other important details.
It is important to note that the rights and responsibilities of both children and parents require extra attention in situations of abuse or neglect. Ask a professional to help you decide on what is best for your children. For more information about getting help when there is abuse in the home, see Dealing with abuse in the home.