When you began your adoption journey with your spouse, the last thing you probably anticipated was getting divorced. However, you may have been so caught up in the adoption that you overlooked serious red flags in the relationship. Or, maybe your relationship just fell apart, gradually, over time.
Co-parenting with your spouse can be challenging -- but co-parenting with your ex-spouse can be an actual nightmare. When your relationship with your child's other parent is rocky (at best), you need to find as many ways as you can to reduce your stress.
In a few weeks, we'll be deep in the winter holiday season. For many parents of young children that means one thing: Lots of traveling so that you can visit grandparents and other relatives. If this is your first year doing it alone after your divorce or separation, here are some survival tips:
What can you do when the child custody agreement you have with your ex-spouse no longer seems to be working? Do you try to negotiate directly with them to see if you can come to an informal agreement, or do you take the matter to court?
Many people have a preconceived notion that custody battles favor the mother.
When parents are deceased, incarcerated, alcoholic, mentally ill or addicted to drugs, the state often has to step in and find someplace for the children of those parents to live.
Co-parenting is stressful. When parents divorce, one of the things that they quickly find out is that the divorce doesn't solve all their problems with their ex-spouse. When they have children, divorced parents are stuck negotiating with each other as they co-parent.
Your child custody case is important to you -- so make certain that you don't do anything that can affect the court's opinion of you in a negative way.
The ability to claim your children as your dependents is one of the most significant tax breaks that parents have, especially once you factor in things like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). However, that seemingly straightforward process can become complicated once you're divorced.
Are you seeking sole custody of your child after your divorce? Custody is a big "hot button" issue for a lot of divorcing parents, and it isn't very unusual for one parent to seek to exclude the other from custody for any number of reasons. Before you join their ranks, however, those who have had a front-line view of numerous custody battles say that you need to reconsider.