The divorce of one's parents can be emotionally challenging for a Washington child. When one or both of their parents later decide to remarry, however, the child may be confronted with the difficult situation of understanding how to relate to their new step-mom or step-dad. Step-parents may also have concerns about what rights, if any, they have with regard to raising their step-children.
One difficult thing to do is to manage a parenting plan when both parents work full time. It can't be easy to share custody when you both work similar hours, and deciding who should have custody of your children when you're unable to watch over them yourself can be quite the task.
There may come a time when you begin to have trouble with the custody plan you set up during your divorce. It might be that the other parent is starting to interfere with your right to custody, or it could be that your child has decided to make transitions extremely difficult each time you switch their care.
Having a child is more than an emotional commitment: it is a financial commitment as well. From making sure that a child has a safe place to call home to keeping them fed and adequately clothed for their surroundings can force a Washington parent to cut back on their savings as they invest more into the health and happiness of their child. Most parents relish in being able to take care of their families, but for custodial parents who are dependent on support payments, getting by when money is lean can be tough.