The goal of the court is to award custody and draft parenting plans based on the best interests of the children. This generally means that both parents have a close ongoing relationship with their children. Nevertheless, fathers may feel like they are fighting an uphill battle to gain custody or maintain access and involvement in their children’s lives, particularly if the mother seeks physical custody and wishes to remain in the family home.
The best parenting plan is one that addresses the unique needs of the children and the parents. Of course, there are typical formats that are commonly accepted, these include alternating weekdays with weekends, rotating blocks of days, or perhaps it is one that focuses on summers and holidays if the parents do not live near each other.
Those couples contemplating an upcoming divorce or separation should pay close attention as they go through their last holiday season together. Parenting plans often will use an alternating year and alternating holiday schedule. This means that those who have the kids on Thanksgiving on even-numbered years will not have them for Christmas, and vice-versa for odd numbered years. The same can be true for the summer stretch with Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.
Determining parenting time and custody of minor-aged children are often some of the most contentious issue a couple faces when they divorce. Unfortunately, sometimes one party is unwilling or unable to honor the parenting plan agreement, which includes parenting time schedule as well as legal decision-making input on how to raise the children. If this is the case, the courts can once again get involved, which may lead to serious problems for the non-complying parent.
You have helped them shop for dorm essentials, purchased them a new laptop, and even dropped them off for freshman orientation. However, one thing you may not have considered is making sure that that they have their legal papers in order.
Many divorcing parents here in California pursue joint custody arrangements when it comes to their kids. Among the things divorcing couples may find attractive about such custody is that it can give both parents ample opportunity to maintain a strong relationship with the kids.
For many parents, the continued well-being and stability of their children is the primary concern in divorce. It is not easy to address issues related to visitation schedules, parental rights and parenting time, but a fair and reasonable order can benefit the children for years to come. Some parents, either by choice or court order, have to share child custody responsibilities through a co-parenting or joint custody agreement.
The summer months are a time of happiness and relaxation for the kids. Parents, on the other hand, may struggle to find ways to occupy children’s time. This in turn can lead to a schedule of soccer camp, math tutoring, trips to the beach and the necessary transportation logistics that goes with these activities.
The state appeals court in Pennsylvania has criticized a family court judge for keeping a child in foster care after it received no explanation from the parents for the child’s broken ribs. According to an article in ABA Journal, the judge took unusual steps in a case where an infant had two broken bones. A subsequent ruling in the state’s appeals court said that the trial judge created a situation where there was “judicially created parental alienation.”
Most divorces are not pleasant. They involve breaking up with the partner to whom you thought you would be married for the rest of your life. At best, divorces can be amicable; at worst, extremely contentious. Divorce becomes even more complicated when it also involves a child custody battle and accusations of infidelity.