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There are now 6 ways to become a parent

The old way of thinking about parenthood involved two options. One was the traditional method of two biological or adoptive parents, either married or not. There was also the single parent. Based on recent changes, New York state is offering up to six different options for a parent. This is due to a change in the definition of parent, which has evolved quickly in light of rights of people and parents in the LBGTQ communities.

Appeals court says judge created parental alienation

Judges are supposed to rule based on a fair and impartial reading of the law, but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way. According to the ABA Journal, such was the case recently when a Pennsylvania appeals court said on May 4 that a Philadelphia Family Court Judge “judicially created parental alienation” and failure to provide due process.

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.

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