If you are divorcing and have a child, then what you want for your child likely plays a considerable role in just about every decision you make. However, it isn't always necessary for a child to actually play an active role in the legal process.
When parents divorce or otherwise end a relationship, they will typically seek a co-parenting arrangement. This arrangement dictates the rights and obligations each parent has, including the right to make decisions for a child.
Whether you are an unmarried parent or divorcing your child's other parent, you can expect to have a child custody plan in place. For many parents, this plan reflects joint legal and physical custody rights, unless such an arrangement is not in a child's best interest.
Just about every parent knows that as soon as it seems like you've figured out co-parenting, something changes.
When parents divorce or split up, determining how they will co-parent is often their highest priority. If they cannot come to an agreement on their own, then the courts will have to make custody-related decisions.
Father's Day is just around the corner. It is a day dedicated to dads. It is a day in which we take time out of our busy lives to reflect on the sacrifices they make for us, celebrate the contributions they make in our lives and honor who they are.
We often discuss the emotional toll that a divorce may take on a couple, but we may not emphasize enough the impact a split may have on children. After all, few kids want their parents to break up or endure continued turmoil. In fact, they would rather have mommy and daddy to get along and stay together.
Lying awake waiting for a scared or sick child to fall asleep when a tough day at work had you wanting a bath and a glass of chardonnay. Taking your kids to the park when taking a run would do more for your waistline. Spending hundreds of dollars you saved for airfare and hotels on tutoring to keep them from falling behind.
Here's a complicated one for you: Is choosing not to vaccinate your child in their best interests? And no, we're not talking about parenting decisions like whether to let a child have ice cream after 8:00 p.m. We're talking about the court's definition of "child's best interests," which is a powerful phrase in family law, especially when it comes to child custody decisions.
If you wonder why Halloween is likely a child's favorite day of the year (with Christmas being a close second), consider this: dressing up as someone (or something) else leads to people giving you candy. What kid would not want to take part in that?