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Child Custody Archives

Visitation options for New York parents

When courts make decisions regarding the physical custody of children, they must weigh many factors. In some cases, the children may be able to spend part of their time with one parent and the rest with the other. In other cases, courts may determine that the children's interests are better served in sole physical custody plans.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie ordered to change custody plans

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are two of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but their celebrity status has done nothing to protect them from an all too common issue that plagues many New York divorced couples: balancing their children's time between their households. After Jolie and Pitt split, Jolie maintained custody of the pair's six minor children, but recently a judge ruled that Pitt must be allowed greater access to and more time with the five youngest of their kids.

The role of a Guardian ad Litem in child custody cases

When parents are divorcing in New York and are unable to make a decision regarding child custody, the decision is often left up to the judge in the case. During child custody proceedings, both parents have an opportunity to present their arguments in favor of and against a certain child custody arrangement. But, who is there speaking in the child's best interest? A guardian ad litem can be that spokesperson.

Controlling emotions when dealing with an ex-spouse

With most schools in New York out or almost out, divorced parents may suddenly find themselves away from their children for extended periods of time, depending on their child custody arrangement. Many parents split summer break, while others alternate physical custody every other week. Whatever the arrangement may be, a divorced parent may find himself or herself spending more time with their ex-spouse and this could cause friction. A couple of tips on how to manage the summer could be helpful in this situation.

Shared parenting laws: what are the pros and cons?

Extensive studies into social science have demonstrated that children benefit from having two involved parents, including the father. Children whose fathers have higher self-esteem, better academic records and perform better on a range of emotional, physical and behavioral health measures. These statistics have long been ignored by divorce judges, according to father's rights advocates groups that are pushing for legislation to adopt co-parenting as the norm.

Can a custodial parent relocate with children post-divorce?

Couples going through a divorce are usually already concerned about how the end of the marriage will effect their relationship with their children, so when the custodial parent announces an intent to relocate with the child, it could end up wreaking havoc in an already challenging situation. This issue can raise concerns about the visitation schedule, travel expenses, and even modification of child custody. These matters have to be addressed expressly and head-on as soon as possible.

Helping parents settle child custody disputes

Building a relationship with one's child can be one of life's greatest rewards. However, there are certain events that could strain this relationship. Take divorce, for example. This process requires divorcing parents to determine what type of custody arrangement will be most suitable for them and their children. This can be difficult to think about, or even agree to, because it likely means spending less time with your children.

Tips to readjust visitation schedule during holidays

The parenting plan is an important document for parents post-divorce, as it outlines important aspects of child rearing that the parents agree on, child custody, and visitation schedules. Perhaps most importantly in this season, the plan can also dictate division of holidays. Many couples use different methods when deciding who will spend which holiday with the children. Some use an alternating method that basically means one parent has a holiday one year and the other parent gets it the next year. Another approach is to split time on the same day so that children get to spend it with both parents. But what if there is no parenting plan or one parent wants to make a change to it? Negotiation is key in this situation.

A level head during child custody negotiations is beneficial

The road to ending a marriage can be a long one and it begins with the difficult decision of actually getting a divorce from one's significant other. When this decision is made, people often want their lives to return to normal and to get to the part where the divorce is finalized but there are a number of family law issues that must be resolved before that can happen. Experienced help by one's side can ensure that the legalities are completed in a timely manner and the divorce finalized as efficiently as possible.

Are children of divorced parents more likely to get divorced?

One of the main considerations couples with children has when going through a divorce is how the divorce is going to impact their children. When children are younger, the expected psychological effect of the divorce is high, which is parents try their best to make the process as seamless as possible for their children. Research often backs up this claim, with many studies concluding that children of divorced parents are more likely to get divorced themselves. But New York residents may be surprised to learn that the factors that led to this conclusion are different from what they assumed.