For parents who divorce or split up, concerns about how a child will adjust and be impacted are often top-of-mind. Previously family judges tended to favor mothers in custody cases, however, today an estimated one-fifth of U.S. child custody cases involve joint arrangements where parents share physical custody rights. While some believe that joint custody arrangements serve to harm a child by creating a constant state of flux as a child goes back and forth between parents, research indicates otherwise.
In a recent post, we began discussing some of the challenges parents who are going through a divorce face when it comes to talking about an impending divorce with a child. Even in cases where divorcing parents are on relatively civil terms, there are bound to be times when strong emotions and hard feelings cause conflict between even the most civil and well-intended co-parents.
Making the decision to file for divorce is not easy and individuals who do so have likely spent months or even years trying to work things out with a spouse. When kids are involved, some parents may attempt to stay in an unhappy or unhealthy marriage. However, doing so is not only unfair to both unhappily wed spouses, but also their children who are likely suffering the ill-effects of living under the same roof with two parents who are angry, resentful and no longer in love.
It's January and with the 2014 holiday season behind us, many Minneapolis area residents are looking forward to making good on their 2015 resolutions. For some married individuals, the holidays were not filled with the love, joy and happiness that many experience and instead served to confirm that big changes are necessary this year.
Relationships change and evolve over time. This is especially true when it comes to the relationship between spouses. Financial difficulties, raising children and job responsibilities are just a few of the many issues that can add stress to and lead to the breakdown of a marriage. In cases where a spouse is unfaithful, has a drug or alcohol problem or where spouses simply discover they have less and less in common; a marriage is likely to be unhealthy and spouses unhappy.
If a mother isn't sure who's the biological father of her child -- or if the alleged father doesn't agree -- biological paternity can be determined relatively easily via DNA test. When done correctly, these tests are so accurate that they are accepted as proof of paternity in court.
While often considered a joyous and happy time of year, the holiday season can be a difficult time for individuals who are going through or who were recently separated or divorced. This is often especially true when shared children are involved. For individuals in facing this situation, it's wise to take steps to mentally and emotionally prepare for the holiday season.
Even in cases where a divorce was an individual’s idea, going through the actual divorce process can take a heavy emotional toll. There are many important decisions that must be considered, negotiated and decided upon when untangling two lives. It's important, therefore, that an individual makes every effort to remain composed and focused.
In any break-up or divorce where minor-aged children are involved, matters related to child custody must be determined. When possible, parents are advised to set aside their personal differences and attempt to come together for the benefit of a shared child and resolve child custody issues. When possible, a child benefits from the emotional and financial support of both parents and no child should be deprived of the opportunity to know and form a relationship with his or her mother or father.
Americans love their pets. For many pet owners, a dog or cat provides companionship and unconditional love. What's more, aside from food, water and the occasional scratch behind the ear, a dog or cat doesn't ask for much in return. It's no wonder, therefore, that a recent poll conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers revealed that divorce cases involving pet custody disputes are increasing.