Earlier this week, we posted about parent relocation laws in Washington state, but a recent case has raised and even more poignant topic. Parental abduction can be a serious fear for divorcing couples, and measures can be taken in the child custody agreement. A woman was accused of abducting her child in 1994 and was only recently located living abroad in Australia. Apparently she has been using several aliases to remain under the radar but is now facing federal charges for leaving the country with her baby after filing for divorce. The child was ten months old at the time.
Now that the Washington weather has cooled, it is time to start thinking about the holiday season. It always seems to sneak up quickly after Halloween, and it can't hurt to review the existing child custody agreement for the holidays or take the time to create one. By thinking ahead, last-minute legal arrangements can be avoided during this already stressful season.
With so much for Vancouver couples to remember during the divorce process, the effects the divorce has on the family as a whole may begin to take a backseat to other issues. However, grandparents' rights can be made a part of the child custody arrangements. For couples with a particularly contentious relationship, their parents may be concerned about their ability to continue to foster a relationship with their grandchildren. By including this detail in the arrangement, this concern can be remedied.
There are a number of reasons why a grandparent may be raising a grandchild. In some cases, it is due to drug or alcohol abuse. Other times, the parent may be in prison. There may have been allegations of child neglect or abuse that brought the grandchildren into the grandparent's home. Whatever the cause, the fact is that more and more grandparents are filling the parent's role in their grandchildren's lives.
As a Washington parent who has just gone through a divorce, you may be wondering how to maximize your parenting time with your kids. After the child custody agreement has been hammered out, it may take some time to adjust to the new living situation. Chances are that you are feeling at least some measure of guilt for your children's experience during the break-up. You may already be aware that retail therapy is not the way to win your kids' affections, but do you have the fortitude to resist the temptation to become a Super Parent? Over-extending yourself to over-parent your kids in the wake of a divorce can be harmful, not helpful.
Co-parenting can be a challenge even under the best circumstances, but the beginning of the school year can be particularly difficult for parents who are sharing child custody. When they get the fliers advertising for Back to School Night, they may feel overwhelmed and full of dread; after all, they have just spent several weeks making sure their children were equipped with the necessary supplies needed for the school year. Back to School Night can be a drain for parents, but Washington couples can put an even bigger burden on their child if they insist on splitting the experience in two. Instead, try to get along with your ex for the few minutes your child needs to show off his or her new classroom.
Parents in an unhappy relationship often contemplate the effects that a divorce could have on their children. The instability that comes with a divorce is often the largest source of emotional stress and confusion, but over time, the new normal will become just that: normal. Custody arrangements in Washington are typically designed to make sure that the best interests of the child are met. Even with a comprehensive agreement in place that addresses which days the children are with which parent and who will pay for what, there is still more that parents should be wary of if recent research is accurate.
Most parents acknowledge that their children will experience a divorce right along with their parents. What you might not know is that children in the "tween" stage - ages 9 to 12 - are among the most vulnerable to the stresses of family change. Experts say children in this age range are generally going through a tumultuous growth period for their bodies, emotions and intellect. As a result, these children need to be carefully monitored and cared for during the dissolution of your marriage.
As fertility options continue to expand in the Washington medical community, an increasing number of families are seeking the assistance of surrogate mothers to have children. Although this practice may be increasing in popularity, it also brings some interesting child custody concerns that must be resolved by the courts. A recent ruling over a bizarre surrogacy case in Indianapolis has created a legal standard that may have national impact, according to legal experts.
If you have recently gone through a divorce, you may be struggling with child custody schedules that require different actions in the summer. Now that school is out for summer break, you can expect to have your children around for a larger percentage of the time. This may be difficult if you are in the midst of divorce proceedings. In order to keep your sanity and protect your children from unnecessary stress, you can take several suggested steps. Experts provide advice about child custody arrangements during summertime that can help the whole family.