unplanned pregnancy there is several types of
parenting that itself is accompanied by a variety
of options. Different responsibilities and challenges
are associated with each option.
Option 1: Getting Married:
Some couples choose to get married following the
discovery of an unplanned pregnancy. This option may
prove to be a benefit. Ask yourself how long have we
been dating, how well do we know each other, and if you
were already talking about marriage?
Most couples are not encouraged to get married just for
"sake of the baby." Marriage has enough challenges when
you are entering into it for the right reasons. If you
are in a good relationship, this parenting option is the
easiest because it has two people committed to meeting
the needs of the new baby.
Getting married doesn't always solve problems; seek
premarital counseling to see if this option could work.
Option 2: Joint Parenting or Joint Custody:
You may be choosing this parenting option because the
two of you are interested in having the baby.
You recognize, at least for now, that the two of you are
not ready to enter into a marital relationship.
This parenting option often has two people committed to
meeting the needs of the child, but it comes with
additional challenges such as schedules, commuting and
Option 3: Single Parenting / Visitation:
This may be the parenting option used because one of you
is fully committed to the baby. This option is more
challenging because most of the parenting
responsibilities fall on one individual.
Child support is still expected to make meeting the
needs of the child easier for the single parent. This
parenting option also has the challenges of schedules
Option 4: Single Parenting:
Single parenting is usually chosen by individuals who
want the baby, but their partner has exited the
relationship and does not want to be a part of yours or
the baby's life.
When choosing this parenting option, it is best to
proceed with the expectations that the partner will not
participate in any matter.
Things may change, the other parent may want to become
more involved through seeking visitation, providing
financial support and helping out. If this happens, then
you and the baby get more than you expected.
In most cases, child support is still expected and
lawfully required. However, the absent parents
disinterest often makes collecting a challenge.
This is the most challenging parenting option because it
means meeting most of the parenting responsibilities
yourself. Friends and family usually become your best
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