Parenting your child after a divorce is challenging under any circumstances, but for parents who are battling mental illnesses, it can prove an insurmountable burden in some cases.
There are some situations where seeking sole custody is not just possible — it is necessary. If you are divorcing a spouse who has been abusive or neglectful to the children, or who has a drug or alcohol addiction that causes them to behave unsafely when they are with the kids, you have to do everything within your power to make sure that the court awards sole custody to you.
Summer custody arrangements can foil even the most well-intentioned parents if they fail to plan ahead. This is especially true for those parents who have just divorced or split up with their former partners.
Being a parent is a tough but vitally important job. Being a divorced parent ups the ante considerably, which is compounded by the upheaval the children experience when their parents split up.
While it's still spring, before you know it, the kids will be out of school for the summer. This means that now is the time for divorced co-parents to make their summer plans for the care and custody of their children.
At some point, after your divorce and custody matters have been settled, you may be faced with your son or daughter asking to go live with their other parent full-time.
There is so much to determine when couples go through a divorce. What will be the custody terms for the children, how to divide the marital debts and assets and who will keep the family pet all must be sorted out either between the parties or by a judge in court.
One of the current hot-button issues for parents is whether to vaccinate their children or not. Common sense dictates that preventing kids from contracting potentially life-threatening diseases should be a parent's priority. Still, there are many earnest parents who believe the risk of developing autism and other problems increases with early childhood vaccinations.
It's a sad reality that kids sometimes wind up as pawns in their parents' divorces. Asking children to take messages back and forth between parents and letting the kids overhear derogatory remarks made about their other parent, are just a couple of ways that kids can be manipulated during and after divorce.
If you are an incarcerated parent, the holidays typically are especially painful to endure. Instead of seeing your children opening gifts under the tree, you must be content with a short collect phone call — if you are lucky.