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Custody tips for parents who chose not to marry

The idea of the family unit has changed. Along with same-sex unions, not all parents of the opposite sex marry choose to marry. Moreover, the court no longer appears to have a gender bias when entering parenting time orders or granting decision making. Family law has adjusted to these changes over time, which means issues are not black and white but rather there are complex legal issues when it comes to determining parenting time and decision making based upon the best interests of the children. The key is to educate yourself and plan ahead so that unnecessary disputes do not arise at a later date.

Being a parent in a blended family

Stepparents traditionally involve a variety of negative stereotypes. They are the villain who showed obvious bias toward their biological children. They are the adult who never wanted children. They are even the “evil step-monster.” However, stepparents have become a standard part of modern life as parents remarry or stepparents marry someone with children.

Father's Day tips for building a better relationship

We thought it appropriate to provide tips to dads who will celebrate Father's Day for the first time as a divorced parent. It is a new world and chances are that the relationship with your children has shifted due to the split. Ideally, it was an amicable divorce and the process went smoothly, but experts believe that fathers will still need to take steps to strengthen the parental bonds.

Good parenting creates good people

We all like to think of ourselves as good parents. The strivers out there may think they could always do better, and that is likely true for anyone. At the same time, getting too caught up in the competitive parenting spiral can lead to doubts in the parents and likely mixed results for the children. Generally speaking, however, we have a good idea of how to get the best results out of a child, but we all can use a little help.

Grandparents often step in when parents are addicts

The opioid epidemic has impacted millions here in the U.S. The issue is particularly acute in the South, which has the highest rate of opioid prescription and addiction in the country. Using census data from 2012 to 2016, researchers also found that the states with the highest prescription rates for opioids were also the states with the highest percentage of grandparents over the age of 30 who were raising grandchildren.

Staying connected to your children

Maintaining a close relationship with children is often the biggest challenge for parents during divorce. This is especially true for non-custodial parents who may have joint custody but are unable to be involved in the lives of their children on a daily basis, whether it is because they serve in the military, travel for work, work odd hours, or some other reason.

Ex pays child support after a 50-year wait

The biggest fear that many have when they negotiate a financial agreement in divorce is that they will not see the money promised to them. Whether it is child support or spousal maintenance, these payments are designed to provide for the care and support of dependents. Unfortunately, those fears are sometimes realized.

What is a guardian ad litem?

It is commonplace for parents getting a divorce to have joint custody of their children. These days parents will also divide parenting time more equally. Ideally, this is a parenting plan where both parents are regularly involved in the lives of their children. However, some divorces end in acrimony and one parent may seek sole custody of the children because they believe (right or wrong) that it is in the best interests of the children.

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