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Child Custody Archives

How to deal with “back to school” stress as a single parent

Single parents have a lot on their plate; they have to balance their careers, social lives and a healthy lifestyle. However, a parent’s largest priority is typically their children and their needs. It makes sense that most single parents dread the back-to-school advertisements every August.

Settling child custody issues can be peaceful and swift

Parents residing in New York may feel a sense of dread when they hear the words "child custody." On some occasions, attempting to get a child custody order put into place by the court can be a trying time for all involved. Parents in the midst of divorce proceedings may have an especially difficult time reaching an amicable agreement, since they are already dealing with a myriad of issues surrounding the end of their marriage. 

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.

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