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Child Custody Archives

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.

What is virtual visitation?

With good jobs remaining difficult to find in these economic times, more and more people may find themselves choosing the place to live based on where they are working. For many, this is not a problem but divorced parents with children in New York may find themselves asking how it would affect their child custody and visitation rights. As expected, when a noncustodial parent-the parent who does not have physical custody of the children-has to move away, it can affect their visitation rights. However, technology is proving to be very useful in this situation, as parents can use various technological means to remain in touch with their children.

Is nesting the best option for me?

When a marriage ends, couples with children in New York want little more than ensuring the wellbeing of their children. Going from one house with two parents to two houses with one parent can be a difficult transition for them, and some couples try to minimize the effects of divorce on children by engaging in nesting. Nesting is a novel approach to custody arrangements and one that more and more couples are trying out.

What is the difference between physical and legal custody?

Understanding family law is difficult. When one is right in the middle of a family law issue, he or she will likely find the whole process overwhelming and complicated. Though some legal terms are commonly used, their legal meaning is not clear to a layperson, and understanding them is very important. One of these concepts is child custody.

Have a strong advocate on your side for child custody issues

Regardless of how long one has been married to their partner, the decision to end the marriage is rarely an easy one for New York residents to make. Separating one's financial and emotional life from another person is a difficult process, and if there are children involved, it can end up being even more difficult. But, once couples make the decision to divorce, they often want to get through it as quickly as possible, so they can move on and try to put their life back together. However, important decisions such as child custody and visitation, as mentioned in last week's blog have to be made and are often contentious, delaying the process.

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