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Posts tagged "Child Custody"

Are you a victim of parenting time interference?

As a parent sharing custody or visitation rights, you know that custody issues are often very difficult to navigate. It is normal for parents to face some difficulty forming their lives around a court ordered custody plan, but some behavior crosses a line into dangerous territory, amounting in some cases to parenting time interference.

Best interests of a child and grandparent custody

When a court considers custody options for a child, it is primarily concerned with the child's best interests above the rights or many of the preferences of parents and other guardians. In many cases, a court may even consider the wishes of the child in a ruling. This does not mean that parents and others in the child's life have no say in the custody of a child: in fact, quite the opposite. Most courts prefer for families to work together to create a custody plan that puts the child's needs first.

How can I compel a parent to pay owed child support?

If your child's other parent does not pay his or her child support on time, your child is ultimately the one who suffers. Unfortunately, many parents with child support obligations do not stay current with support payments, placing both themselves and the support-receiving parent in a difficult conflict. For the parent trying to cover the shortfall of income, this can seem like a hopeless circumstance with no solution.

Does child custody have tax implications?

As you and your child's other parent work toward a fair child custody agreement, be sure to address how the way you divide your parenting responsibilities and privileges may affect your respective tax returns. Many parents, especially if they are both first-timers at parenting, do not realize how many exemptions and credits child custody offers.

Can I seek sole custody?

In general, courts prefer to split custody evenly between two parents. However, in many cases, this is either not possible or is in conflict with the wishes of one or both parents. If you or your child's other parent plan to seek sole custody, it is important to understand what that actually means, and what it does not.

Preparing to seek nonparental custody

Child custody conflicts are usually between parents of a child, but not always. In some cases, a party other than a biological parent may seek custody of a child, and courts are usually willing to consider a compelling argument for nonparental custody if the circumstances justify it. If you know a child who you believe may have a safer, more beneficial upbringing with you, you need to determine the strongest grounds you have for requesting custody.

Do I need a temporary child support order?

When a child is rather young, determining who should care for him or her and when is an important part of any divorce negotiation. One of the most commonly used tools in this instance is a temporary child custody order. Under a temporary child custody order, parents establish their respective duties and parental privileges, which is an important part of navigating divorce, especially for parents who are already relatively combative with each other.

Do I need a temporary child support order?

When a child is rather young, determining who should care for him or her and when is an important part of any divorce negotiation. One of the most commonly used tools in this instance is a temporary child custody order. Under a temporary child custody order, parents establish their respective duties and parental privileges, which is an important part of navigating divorce, especially for parents who are already relatively combative with each other.

How does an unmarried father pursue parental rights?

Parenting agreements are a standard part of divorce when parents choose to end a marriage, but for unmarried fathers, fighting for fair child custody can present some additional challenges. If you and your child's biological mother were never married, you still have parental rights, but may have to overcome some additional obstacles to claim these rights in a fair way.

Do you know where your children are during a shared custody?

After you and your child's other parent arrive at a custody agreement, you might think that the difficult part is over. However, for many parents, the conflicts are only just beginning. Often, two parents use very different parenting styles, and often this means that one parent is less concerned with following the specifics of a custody agreement than the other. Conflicts can arise if one parent does not always inform the other where the children are if they choose to leave their daily routines. This is, understandably, a source of great frustration for many parents throughout the country.