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.
Most modern-day parents understand that it not okay to use corporal punishment on children, yet they may still regularly verbally abuse their children either to vent their anger or to share their frustration. This is thought to be an improvement over past generations of parents who inflicted various kinds of physical punishment using their hand or an object like a belt.
In vitro fertilization is an option that more and more families are using. This can help married couples who are having difficulties conceiving children, or it can be an option for same-sex couples who choose to have children through biological means rather than adoption. The latter was the case for a married couple who opted to have twins with help of an egg donor and a surrogate.
The end of a marriage is one of the most difficult and challenging experiences in life. Along with such important details as dividing the assets and creating parenting plans, the emotional component can lead to depression. While the symptoms of depression often involve sad or empty feelings, some of the 16.2 million adults in the United States who live with depression respond with anger.
Some will remember the 2014 Supreme Court decision that expanded the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to enable for-profit corporations to deny contraceptive coverage if it is based on religious beliefs of the owners. Now that ruling has driven a decision by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to declare that a federally funded Christian foster care agency in South Carolina can refuse placement with would-be parents of different non-Christian faiths.
The recent announcement of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos made a lot of headlines. We even discussed it on this blog. While the $137 billion estate made for interesting reading and discussion around dividing assets, the other part of the news cycle involved the fact that Jeff Bezos was already dating another woman and the National Enquirer quickly released a story about the racy texts that the two had been sharing.
Depending on circumstances, it may be best for the couple to seek a legal separation. It is similar to a divorce because a legal separation defines obligations and rights when there is a split, but it does not terminate the marriage.
Gambling in of itself is not a bad practice. It can be an economic engine in a community, a form of entertainment, and a Yale University study has even found it to be stimulating to seniors. However, like so many activities, an interest in doing something can shift to become a compulsive obsession. This can lead to financial difficulty and duress upon other aspects of one’s life like marriage, career and future aspirations.
The needs of families are as unique as the circumstances and individuals involved. Nonetheless, parenting arrangements generally fall into the format of shuttling kids between the parents’ homes. Some parents favor keeping the kids in one home during the school week and the other on weekends. Another plan splits up the time in blocks of days. Those parents who live in different states may have the kids on certain alternating holidays and summers.
Living with a spouse who is battling addiction can be heartbreaking. The disease may rob them of reason, compassion and relationships with loved ones, including children. This one time soul mate is now someone who cannot be trusted to go buy groceries, pick up the kids or help support the family.