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Four Online Tools & Apps To Help Make Co-Parenting Easier

Your children are busy with school and a variety of extracurricular activities. This is a good opportunity for them. But what do you do when the children reside in two different households and you need to keep everything straight? Thankfully there are some great online tools that you can use to communicate about everything child related.

Some options out there are more robust and require a fee on a monthly or annual basis but there are other free options that can work just as well, depending on your needs. Here are just a few options* that may make your life easier as you navigate the challenging waters of co-parenting busy children.

#DivorceSelfie: Millennials Divorce Their Way To End Stigma

Would you consider taking a selfie when your divorce is granted? Some millennials are approaching divorce in a more positive way by publicly acknowledging their divorce in a #DivorceSelfie and posting them on social media. 

The idea behind the #DivorceSelfie is that a divorce can be a positive experience for some couples who, for whatever reason, simply cannot make a marriage work together. Rather than viewing divorce as a negative, these couples - or rather ex-couples - are realizing that there is strength in moving forward in a positive way. In addition, they are attempting to minimize the stigma some people associate with getting a divorce. Some couples expect that, although their marriage has ended, they can be friends and support one another as they move forward with their lives.

Parental Alienation: Fact Or Fiction?

Parental alienation is one of the most difficult issues in custody and parenting time cases. Many mental health professionals disagree on the extent and even the existence of parental alienation as a syndrome. It is not recognized by the American Psychological Association in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual [used to categorize psychological illnesses and disorders].

In family law cases, the existence of or lack of parental alienation remains one of the most difficult to effectively address. Parental alienation is often used to describe a situation in which a child refuses contact with one parent. Some experts identify the parents as the "favored parent" and the "rejected" or "disfavored" parent.

What do you think makes a parent?

A current custody battle occurring in New York highlights the challenges sometimes faced in family court. The custody battle involves a same-sex couple and a child adopted after the couple split up. One parent believed she was adopting the child on her own while the other believed she had a parent relationship with the child.

A bitter custody dispute ensued and continues to work its way through the courts. The parties, their attorneys and the courts understand the importance of the decision which will ultimately affect who can be designated a "parent" for the purposes of New York family law. 

"Nesting" - Is It Right For Your Family?

While not a new concept, the term "nesting" doesn't often get a lot of attention in divorces. The idea refers to those situations where, after a divorce or separation, the children remain in the same home and the parents move in and out during their respective parenting time.

Sometimes this is a temporary arrangement for a period of three to six months or even up to a year. Less frequently, nesting will be the permanent parenting plan. The temporary arrangement allows the children to adjust to and accept the reality of their parents' divorce. 

Therapy can help get you through a divorce and custody dispute

Hiring a lawyer is one step in a divorce and custody dispute. Another important step is to seek out a therapist. A therapist can help you, your children and your spouse cope with the stress of the dispute and with all of the changes that each family member faces. As everyone's needs are different, seek out a mental health professional that addresses your concerns. 

Here are some of the benefits of working with a therapist during a family court proceeding:

Ask yourself these questions before you consider a divorce

When you consider the thought of a divorce, you may be concerned about the impact on your children, where you will live, how you will meet your financial obligations or how you will divide your property. All of these are valid concerns and considerations.

After thoughtful reflection and consideration, if you are still frustrated with your marital relationship which may include fighting, financial stress - or many other aspects of your marriage, you may wish to move forward. While there are many reasons to seek a divorce, some couples do not take the time to consider whether a divorce is even what they really want. Of course, if your personal safety or the safety of your children is at stake, it is necessary to take appropriate protection action immediately.

Collaborative Law Helps You Avoid Court

Collaborative divorce has been around for over twenty years. This approach has its origin in family law but also has been used in business and probate matters. Many of the practitioners - attorneys, therapists, financial professionals and mediators - believed there was a better way to assist parties and their children through the divorce process. 

We believe the benefits of collaborative divorce are many. A growing number of our colleagues, as well as members of the community, including judges, feel the same way. Simply stated, with few exceptions, family law matters should not be part of a traditional litigation process. As members of the Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals, we work within this "unbundled" legal option to offer choices to our divorcing clients.

Are you over sharing with your kids? A co-parenting dilemma.

You may have a tumultuous and strained relationship with your ex. The two of you may name-call each other in person or to others. You both may have ongoing frustrations with each other that won't cease. Having strong negative feelings about your former partner after a break-up is normal. How you deal with those feelings reflects on who you are as a person and, more importantly, as a parent.

When you have children together, you do not get to bring the kids into the discord. If you do, you are not doing what is in your child's best interests and that can have an impact on the outcome of your case.

Dad asserts right to custody of child after adoption deceit

Recently, a Colorado judge made an important decision in an adoption and "custody" case (allocation of parental responsibilities) which spanned Utah, Colorado and their respective trial and appellate courts for the past nine years.

Rob Manzanares, the biological father, had always asserted his wish to raise his daughter and his objection to her being adopted. Despite his position, the biological mother subverted him and allowed the child to be adopted by her brother and sister-in-law in Utah. Mother misled the courts and the father as to father's knowledge of the birth and adoption proceedings. What resulted was father's search for a just result in the courts and a difficult decision about moving forward in the child's best interests.

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