Ballet, Basketball, Cheerleading, Football oh my!!! When you have children get ready for fun and exciting school and club activities. Many times parents want to attend these events, however, the parents may no longer be together. Sometimes this is not an issue and parents can get along, but sometimes that is not the case. I have actually had to address issues with clients about how to interact with the other party at extracurricular activities. The best option for your children is for the two parents to be civil and get along so that the children are not amidst conflict. However, if you and the other party are unable to be civil with one another, the best thing you can do is avoid the other parent in order to avoid conflict or a scene. If this is not possible, you should consider at least keeping your distance and try and have others around as witnesses in case something happens. I have been in contact with coaches and other parents who were at these games and this gives a judge a better idea of what took place. So if you are simply unable to be civil with one another, try your best to avoid the other parent or make sure you have witnesses just in case something happens.
My wife and I lead very busy lives like many couples. One thing we like to do as a couple is read books out loud to each other. (I guess it must be the teachers in us.) We recently read a book that was on point in my field of work: “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. If you would like a quick read that brings to life the world of a dog from his/her perspective, this would be a great book. My wife and I enjoyed the book thoroughly because it involved the life of a dog, “family issues,” and the “legal system.” We initially did not realize this would be a book dealing with child custody issues but as we read page by page the realization was clear. The author did an excellent job crafting this book in terms of making the reader connect with the characters and provided an excellent glimpse of what can take place in a custody battle. I would highly recommend this book to any animal lover.