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Child Custody Archives

Child custody is complicated, but do I really need a lawyer?

Any parent who is going through a child custody battle can tell you that it is no walk in the park. Not only is it emotionally challenging for you, your partner and your child, it is a complex legal process that most men and women have never encountered.

Preparing for a child custody hearing? Use these helpful tips

Preparing for a child custody hearing may be one of the most nerve-wracking things that a parent can go through. Sure, appearing before a judge in court is scary—but the scariest thing is not knowing your child’s future. It is a scenario that any mother or father would find intimidating.

How do I file for child custody in New York?

Buffalo during the holiday season may be cold, but it can also be festive and fun. This year's celebrations may not be as enjoyable, however, if you are preoccupied with reaching a custody arrangement. No doubt, child custody has been on your mind a lot if you are a divorcing parent—especially during the holidays.

Do 'family reunification' camps really help fight alienation?

In almost all divorces and custody disputes, courts will try to ensure that children remain a part of both parent's lives. However, some parents, still bitter at their ex, will do everything possible to make their children hate their other parent too. This is known as parental alienation syndrome, and it can lead to one parent having no relationship with their children.

Preparation is key for your child custody hearing

Though your marriage may be ending, if you are a parent, you may still have a family for which you are responsible. Whenever possible, it is good to be able to make decisions about your children's future in association with their other parent. However, some divorces turn out to be unpleasant affairs, with every step contested.

Modifying custody orders for relocation purposes is possible

Everyone experiences a change in circumstances at some point in their lives. While people are good at adapting and doing what is necessary to keep moving forward, when children are involved, making the required changes can prove even more difficult. For divorced parents in New York and elsewhere, change often comes with the need to relocate. Whether you are a custodial parent, non-custodial parent or enjoy shared custody, if you need to relocate, you will first need to seek a child custody modification before making your move.

A back-to-school plan for divorced parents

A parenting plan is essential for divorced parents who are raising their child or children together. No doubt, at the time of the divorce, a plan addressing parenting time, visitation and other issues was put in place. However, as the needs and circumstances of the parents and children change, this plan will probably need to be revisited and adjusted from time to time. This is true especially at the start of a new school year. What are some factors to consider when it's time for the children to pack up their books, pens and pencils and return to school?

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