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.
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.