The courts generally lean towards some form of joint custody these days. However, nothing should be taken for granted during the divorce process, even if there is a verbal agreement. Moreover, the courts will not grant joint custody if it believes that joint custody is not in the best interests of the children. Reasons for this may be a previous history of addiction, dangerous or detrimental behavior, or threats to kidnap or illegally relocate children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parenting methods have become a hot-button issue for today’s moms and dads. Though many baby boomers’ parents raised them according to nothing but their own parenting instincts, today’s children are subject to a wide variety of parenting techniques.
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 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.
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.
Halloween night is next Tuesday. It may be lost on some parents given that decorations and costumes have been sitting on shelves since Labor Day, and the same may be said for planning parenting time routines for this special evening.