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Celebrities exemplify co-parenting following a divorce

Do all child custody issues need to become a heated, emotional affair? Not necessarily. Parents in Falls Church who are pursuing a divorce can learn from one recent celebrity divorce where the parents are putting the child's needs first.

Actors Anna Faris and Chris Pratt can serve as an example of how one can co-parent following a divorce. The couple, who were married eight years and have a 6-year-old son, recently finalized their divorce. Faris and Pratt will share physical and legal custody of their son. Per their divorce documents, however, they must continue to reside within five miles of one another. This arrangement is to continue until their son finishes sixth grade.

Moreover, if either party wants to reside more than five miles apart from the other party, the other party must receive written notice at least three months prior to the move. Also, each party must notify the other party at least 30 days in advance if they want to take a trip outside the U.S. with their son. Similarly, if one party wants to travel with their son out-of-state, the other party must receive "reasonable" notification. In addition, the couple must contribute annually to a joint bank account for their son. Pratt has stated that, despite the divorce, he and Faris are committed to being kind to each other.

This celebrity divorce exemplifies how not every marriage has to end in a dramatic legal battle, especially if a couple has a child together. It is possible for some divorces to be settled amicably. This can serve the best interests of the child, as the child and parents transition to life post-divorce. Co-parenting can be an effective way to raise a child following a divorce and can often help the child feel secure and loved by both parents even though the parents are no longer in a relationship with one another.

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