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When different parenting styles mean intervention is needed

You and your ex may not agree on what parenting style should be used. For example, you may let your kids stay up later than your ex, who puts them to bed at eight o'clock. Your ex, though, maybe be fine with giving them fast food, when you try to cook organic options.

Your parenting styles aren't always going to match up. That doesn't mean that you need to try to intervene. However, there are exceptions to this, such as:

1. A direct danger to the child.2. A violation of the child custody plan and/or parenting plan.

You have to decide how much of a negative impact your ex's actions are really having on the child. Sure, you'd rather have them eat healthier food, but you can't control what they have all of the time. However, what if your ex exposes them to dangerous substances, like drugs or alcohol? What if your ex smokes constantly in the house, exposing them to secondhand smoke?

Then you may have reason to be concerned. There is a difference between two people using different parenting styles and one person actually putting the children in very real danger. Any known dangers are often considered in court, during the divorce, but other issues could crop up in the months and years to come.

When they do, you must know what legal options you have. This is especially true when your ex's actions are clearly in violation of the court order and the agreement you had in place. If you think your children are actively in danger, the court may be able to modify the orders to protect them.

Source: Parents Space, "How to Manage Different Parenting Styles After Divorce," Sam Margulies, accessed Jan. 26, 2017

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