Category Archives: Children And Divorce

Types of Child Custody

In divorce court, there are different types of child custody. This is sole custody or shared parenting. In juvenile court, both of these options exist, as well as legal, physical, and temporary custody. In probate court, there is guardianship. Each type of custody is unique in its own way and courts decide which one to grant depending on circumstances. Shared Custody/Parenting When both parents are involved in the child’s life, it is called shared parenting. When the arrangement is between one parent and a non-parent, such as a grandparent, it is called shared custody. In a shared parenting arrangement, both parents are involved in the child’s life and share physical and legal custody. Shared parenting means shared decision-making and responsibility. The time with the child is determined by schedules, who works when, and what makes sense. The time spent with the child is usually not a 50:50 split. Courts try to grant shared...
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Father’s Rights: Getting Past Your Child’s Refusal to Visit Your Former Spouse

Every parent knows what it is like to deal with a child’s not wanting to do something, whether it’s going to school or taking a bath. But what do you do when you’re divorced and your child refuses to visit his or her other parent?

In the bath or school scenario, the parent’s best bet is to ask the child why. This rule also applies to visitation refusal. If your child does not want to visit his or her other parent, you should first address the situation by posing that simple question.

It is within a father’s rights for him to see his child.

  In most cases, the reason for their refusal is nothing you need to worry about:
  • Your child may feel as if he is abandoning you and worry that you will think he loves the other parent more than you.
  • She may sense your own sadness or anxiety when the visit...
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Smart Advice: Child Support and Loss of Employment

At the peak of the Great Recession the unemployment rate in the United States was a whopping 10%. This rate has slowly decreased and currently stands at 5.3%. This is a big improvement, but more than 8 million Americans are still unemployed.

A child support order will not stop if you lose your job. If this happens to you, and you are among the country’s 14.4 million non-custodial parents with a court order to pay financial support, there may be more on your mind than just finding a new job. The thought “How am I going to pay child support when I have no income?” may have occurred to you. The most important thing about dealing with child support while unemployed is to cope with the situation promptly.

Your first inclination may be to explain the situation to your former spouse and come up with an informal agreement that allows you...
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