Marrying for the second time may be the last thing on the mind of someone getting or recently divorced. But there may be a time further down the line when there is the opportunity. Some may regard it as a do-over for an arrangement that did not work the first time or feel most fulfilled when they have a life partner.
Ask any parent what their biggest concern in the fall of 2020. The response will likely revolve around the uncertainty regarding the new school year. There are the usual concerns about adjusting to the new year with new teachers, getting back on a school day schedule, and providing the love and support that the children need under normal circumstances.
There are countless devices or toys with screens for children of all ages. To be fair, there is great educational software for learning just about anything, readers for books and even games to make learning more fun. But the end result is that children grow up spending a lot of time in front of a screen – not including school work and study, kids age eight to 18 spend an average of seven-and-a-half hours each day on entertainment media. This has likely gone up for children and parents since the pandemic.
The biggest challenge for many parents who divorce is rebalancing their work and home life obligations. For some, it means returning to outside employment to help supplement the family's income. Others find that they are spending more time handling such hands-on tasks as picking up kids from school or participating in daily various activities.
Dating can be a challenge for many in the best of times, but it has likely never been more complicated than when they are divorced with children. While it may seem like more trouble than it is worth to some, people do manage to do it and find fulfillment in a loving relationship.
The world is in a constant state of change. This can be challenging at times with personal challenges, societal ills or natural disasters, but overall we tend to manage them pretty well. Few, however, could have predicted the unprecedented challenges we all face in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world to its core, changing how we live, interact, work, and go about any activity in our daily lives. Some of these changes, like wearing masks or social distancing, might have otherwise taken years or decades to be normalized. However, it happened in a matter of days and weeks as we fight this virus.
One outgrowth of living and working from home more or less 24/7 is that some families have been able to slow down and reconnect with each other. School activities and sports are on hold, while puzzles and board games have made a comeback.
Every parent has at least a handful of stories about their children losing or leaving behind a treasured item. Sometimes it was something valuable like a laptop in their school bag, and sometimes it was a stuffed bear. Regardless of the value of the item, this can be a five-alarm emergency where the child requests the entire world to stop what it is doing to track down this item and return it to them unharmed.
Marriage is no longer what it once was in decades past. Couples would start dating in the teens or twenties and then get married once they got a job or graduated from school. They would then go through many changes as kids, work and life offered a series of hurdles or opportunities. If that first marriage did not survive, many would get back on the horse, sometimes again and again. Now people or couples wait longer to marry, and some even opt to form a committed partnership rather than a marriage.
Some state Supreme Courts have already issued statements regarding the operation of the courts in light of the coronavirus. Colorado is one of them, but the only family law issue the court touched on was to say that hearings on motions to restrict parenting time and parental abduction prevention will still be heard. Courts will also hear temporary and permanent protection orders matters. Hearings may take place by telephone.