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Custody and Child Support for Children of Unwed Parents

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage. This sequence of events was once the "norm" in our society, and many continue to follow the traditional route. A growing number of couples, however, choose (or end up with) children before marriage. If these unwed couples break up, they face the same custody and visitation issues faced by married couples.

Can I Relocate With My Kids If My Ex Says "No?"

If you are sharing parenting duties with a former spouse and desire to relocate for any reason-work, cost of living, or just a simple new beginning-you may have difficulty renegotiating your custody arrangement. Whether you have sole custody or you share custody, if you want to take your child or children with you when you move, expect a reevaluation of the custody arrangement.

Back to School - Finding a New "Normal" for Your Child

Heading back to school in the fall can be a challenge for you in the wake of divorce, especially in a joint custody situation. Your child can also feel the effects of such an overwhelming change in the family unit, changes that will magnify with a new routine. There are simple steps you can take to help ease your child into a new school year without the added stress of adapting to sharing time between parents.

Where Not to Take the Kids

When you were married, you and your spouse may have taken frequent vacations, across the country or even across the world. Your friends may have applauded your decision to expose your children to different cultures and experiences. While travel certainly has positive aspects, it can become problematic after divorce. After divorce, each parent must generally clear any travel plans ahead of time with the other parent.

Anything is Negotiable: Understanding Post-Divorce Custody Modifications

If there's one thing to keep in mind during divorce settlements, it's that much of the process is open to negotiation. As long as you continue to legally and responsibly advocate for yourself, there is a good chance that you will make gains toward more a favorable settlement.

Upon Whom Will Your Child Depend?

All children deserve love and attention from their parents. Without this, children may struggle to thrive as children and even as adults. Yet, in the throes of divorce, it often becomes difficult for parents to give their children the attention they deserve. Parents may find they are too busy or pre-occupied with mourning the loss of the relationship or fighting the divorce in court to properly care for children.

Common Visitation Arrangements for Children

Divorce can be scary for children because of the uncertainty that it brings. As a child watches their parents yell at one another and fight over assets, they often have no way of knowing what comes next. It is obvious that the parents will no longer be living together, but what will happen to the child, themselves? How will the child's life continue now that their family ceases to exist? These are difficult questions for a child of any age to be confronted with and parents should therefore do everything in their power to provide their kids with a sense of stability following the divorce. Parents can accomplish this by creating and maintaining a routine visitation schedule. A visitation schedule that is followed consistently will take the mystery and fear out of a divorce, giving children more confidence as they move forward.

Dividing Visitation Time with Your Children

Pause for a moment and take a deep breath. As you exhale, forget about how much you despise your ex. Forget about the petty things you could do to get back at him or her. Forget about alimony, child support, and the new person you have seen them with. Instead, think of the children you had with this person. Focus your thoughts on what is best for them, now that their lives have been permanently changed by the divorce. In the aftermath of the split, you can ensure stability in their lives by putting your own feelings aside and acting in the children's best interests.

The Effects of Drug Usage on Child Custody

In deciding child custody matters, the court makes its decision largely based on which parent will best look after the interests of the child. If both parents are responsible, loving parents, and both express a desire to see the child as much as possible, the court will probably split custody evenly. An even split reflects the court's judgment that both parents will provide the child with a stable, healthy upbringing.

Dad or Mom? A Child's Preferences in Divorce

Christmas and Hanukah are gift-giving holidays that only come once each year. But try telling this to children who are in the middle of their parents' divorce. Often, as a divorce unfolds, children find themselves receiving gifts on a regular basis from one or both parents. Every day may seem like a festive holiday-minus the good cheer and family unity. The dark side of receiving the latest video games, toys, or clothes during a divorce is that these gifts usually come with a price. Parents may believe that they can "buy" their children's loyalty. A divorcing parent may feel that the $99.95 spent on an iPod, for example, is a good investment if it gets the children to favor one parent over the other. Understandably, children can find it difficult to avoid being influenced by a parent who regularly showers them with gifts.

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