When parents separate and their children are required to transition from home to home, it is important to maintain an open line of communication between co-parents. This can be a challenge for most separated parents. Which communication method you use depends upon a number of factors, including the level of conflict that exists in your co-parenting relationship.
Certain negative personality traits may play a role in the demise of a relationship or marriage. Those same personality traits or personality disorders can also play a big role in how a divorce or other family law proceeding plays out.
Life can be full of changes, some expected and some unexpected. While you can foresee some of what may happen in your life, there are inevitably some things that just catch you off guard.
For many people going through a divorce, a main concern is how the divorce process is how it will affect their children. Living arrangements, child support and parenting time are complicated topics and each influences a child's reaction to the change in his or her family unit. Other issues, like the child's personality, age, relationships with each parent and his/her siblings and the unique circumstances of the divorce will play a significant role.
Even with the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015, the family laws governing LGBTQ families are still murky to many. This is especially true when it comes to child custody matters. Many LGBTQ couples often start their families through adoption, artificial insemination or surrogacy, and the laws governing these practices and family systems in general are still catching up to the marriage equality ruling.
Even in the face of divorce or separation, most parents can agree on one thing: they want to minimize the impact their split will have on their kids. A good way to accomplish this is to explore alternative dispute options like mediation or collaborative divorce. These processes are designed specifically to help couples work out their differences through discussion and negotiation. Those who take advantage of these processes often obtain outcomes that better suit their family’s unique needs, because they had a say in how matters were settled.
Over the past five to ten years, we, as a society have modified the ways in which we communicate. People are no longer writing letters or having to pick up the phone and call someone in order to stay connected. Rather, people can now post significant life events with a large group of individuals in less than five seconds. Social media and online accounts allow us to stay connected with our loved ones, or even not so loved ones, and see on an almost hourly basis what someone is doing, who they are with, what they are liking, and how they are feeling. As such, social media postings and accounts have become a big issue in legal proceeding, especially those involving family law issues. We put all types of information on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds including personal and lifestyle posts.
Legal proceedings including those involving parenting time and divorce have a legal starting point. This usually involves preparing legal documents which are filed with the court and served on the other party.
We often get questions from family law clients about whether you actually have to disclose everything in a proceeding - whether a divorce or a parenting time matter. The answer is that yes, you do have to disclose a significant amount of information and you have to do it without the other party even asking for that information.
A recent study presented by the Pew Research Center sheds some light on the decline of international adoptions. International adoptions in 2016 were down 77% from the peak in 2004. In addition, boys outnumber girls in international adoptions for the first time.