A generation ago, it was inconceivable that a person could communicate with thousands of people at the same time with a simple post or picture. Indeed, a number of people could be reached through email, but the advent of social media has increased the reach of communication ten-fold. Because of this, people going through a divorce (or a nasty custody dispute) may be tempted to air their dirty laundry.
Technology has made our lives easier in so many facets, it is certainly plausible that it can make post-divorce life simpler as well. After all, many parents struggle with the beginnings of a new life without the other parent, so they may end up trying to do many things on their own that they did not have to be responsible for while they were married. As such, there are many time-saving apps that new divorcees, as well as potential divorcees, should be aware of. We will share them through this post.
In a prior post, we highlighted the problems that can come about when a divorcing parent initiates or participates in a relationship where a significant other spends the night. Essentially, we noted that it could affect the custody evaluation process and raise tensions with the other parent.
It is not uncommon for people going through a divorce to find comfort in another person. This person may start out as someone who is merely a shoulder to cry on or to vent about troubling things about the divorce, but he or she may develop into something more. When a relationship turns intimate, and the person stays the night, the divorce may get complicated if there are children involved.
Child custody cases are often complicated. When a parent takes a child out of the country against the wishes of the other parent and the court, though, it can be the beginning of a nightmare for the parent who is left behind. There are several countries that honor the Hague Convention, which requires that a child be returned to his or her country if there is a standing court order.
Consider this scenario: A woman is a victim of a sexual assault. She becomes pregnant because of that crime. Her attacker files for custody or visitation of the child. The judge awards visitation along with an order to pay child support. While this may sound absurd, it is allowed in many states, including Washington. Two bills have been introduced to address this and other issues, but both have stalled.
In a Washington state Superior Court ruling, a man will be allowed custody of his infant daughter without completing a drug treatment program for his medical marijuana use. The Department of Social and Health Services has said that it will not challenge the Superior Court's reversal of a ruling from a lower court that ordered the man to complete an inpatient drug treatment program before custody of his 16-month old daughter would be awarded to him.
Many Washington residents may be familiar with the popular sitcom "The Big Bang Theory." Though she plays a comical role on television, Mayim Bialik, one of the show's stars, is recently divorced, and revealed on her blog that parenting after her divorce has been challenging. The couple was married for nine years before they split, and have two children. The parents have shared child custody, but that doesn't make the separate parenting time any easier.
In Washington and all across the country, separated and divorced same-sex couples are challenging the current laws that deny a non-biological parent custody of a child conceived during the couple's time together. While same-sex couples are allowed a civil union in Colorado, marriages are still not allowed.
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.