Some of the most difficult cases for family law judges to broker are those that involve one parent petitioning the courts to move away with their child. It's never easy for them to tell a mom or dad that the days of them sharing one week on and another week off is going to come to an end and be replaced by extended visits at spread-out intervals during the year.
For umarried fathers, it's necessary for them to establish paternity before before they can request custody or be ordered to pay child support. For mothers, it's established at birth.
Custody X Change recently conducted a study aimed at determining which states offer dads the best chance of acquiring shared custody post-divorce. Its researchers found that Florida is one of few states where fathers routinely are awarded 50 percent custody. Other states that offer dads the best chance of acquiring shared parenting time include Delaware, Massachusetts, Nevada and Colorado.
Back decades ago, infidelity could definitely have impacted who ended up with the marital assets, who receive alimony or who got custody of the kids in a divorce. When it comes to how it impacts child custody matters nowadays, though, a parent's cheating doesn't have the same direct effect on a judge's decision-making that it may have had before.
When judges are called upon to decide custody cases, they often do so with the intention of doing what's in the best interest of the child. In many cases, this involves them making decisions to award joint custody to both parents. In some instances, though, they may decide that doing so isn't going to be what's best for the child. In those cases, a parent may be awarded visitation rights instead.
While it may would seem logical that a parent who is incarcerated in either prison or jail would lose their parental rights while locked up, that's not necessarily the case.
If you've recently separated from an ex that you share a child with, then you're likely only now beginning to understand all the different legal jargon used to define a parent's custodial rights.
When it comes to parents making child custody arrangements, one of the most common issues that exes fail to realize is the importance of having standardized "house rules" in place for their child to follow at both homes.
Each year, hundreds if not thousands of children are abducted by a parent. A parent, who fears losing custody of his or her child, may disappear with his or her child to another state. Or another, concerned that his or her child is being abused at the other parent's hands, may travel to another country with no plans to return.
If you've recently split from your ex and you're looking to gain increased visitation or custody of your child, then some legal experts suggest that you should become more involved in his or her schooling.