What kind of parent purposely ruins the relationship a child has with their other, perfectly loving parent?
Is your child's other parent denying you appropriate visitation with your children? Despite the fact that it's important for children to maintain a relationship with both their parents whenever possible, custodial parents will sometimes see fit to deprive non-custodial parents of their visitation rights.
If you're a father seeking primary custody of your children -- or, at a minimum, even parenting time -- is it possible to get fair treatment in court?
A lot of parents feel that the system that's used to determine child support and custody is deeply unfair. Fathers, in particular, seem to feel that they don't get equal treatment in the court.
One of the moms featured in The Real Housewives of Orange County is modeling a post-divorce style of shared parenting that seems remarkable for its emphasis on the children -- even if it isn't for everybody.
When you're divorced, custody issues are never really 100 percent settled until the youngest child becomes an adult. Until then, physical custody and visitation rights are always subject to revision, but only if there's a good reason.
If you're a parent, your children are important to you, so it's perfectly understandable if you're feeling anxious about the initial child custody hearing.
There's been a cultural shift in the nation's family courts toward "co-parenting" after divorce -- where both parents continue to have roughly equal responsibility for their children's upbringing -- instead of one parent having primary custody. This has brought about a greater need for cooperation between divorced parents.
In the last few years, there's been a seismic shift away from child custody arrangements that place children primarily in one parent's physical custody. These days, the courts overwhelmingly favor arrangements that give both parents more or less equal time with the kids.
Divorcing parents who are working out a child custody agreement are expected to consider, first and foremost, what's in the best interests of their children. If you and your co-parent can't work this out with the help of your attorneys and the custody arrangement needs to be made by a Hawaii judge, that judge's primary criteria will be what's best for the children.