The holidays can be a stressful, unpredictable time of year. This can be especially true for parents navigating this time of year for the first time after a divorce.
If a husband and wife divorce without children, neither will have any right to dictate where the other lives moving forward. That is no one's business. But the rules grow more complicated when a parenting plan is involved.
While parents are navigating the legal complexities of establishing legal decision-making, parenting time, and financial support for their children, they must also help those children navigate the complexities of a changing family structure.
With just a month before Halloween, kids across Arizona are already planning costumes and starting to map out the best trick-or-treating routes. If you share custody of your kids, then you will want to do some preparation yourself.
Child exchanges ordered by a judge can be emotional, especially when parents are still adjusting to their new reality. To make this process a little easier, there are things parents can do before, during, and following an exchange to alleviate the stress.
When people think of custody disputes, they often think of the arguments that arise when it comes to assigning sole versus joint custody. However, in many cases, custody battles aren't over who has custody, but rather when each person has parenting time.
Imagine you are single and sharing a parenting plan with your former partner. Everything starts amicably (if awkwardly), but you finally find a rhythm. Then your ex is late with a child support payment. And then the next one is late, too. Over the next several months, you receive sporadic payments here or there, but when you stop and think about it, it's been quite some time since you received a full, on-time payment.
In Arizona, parents often share parenting time and obligations after a divorce. Research has consistently shown that children benefit most from lack of conflict, regardless of the parenting time schedule.
In a previous post, we discussed a few reasons why it is important to legally establish paternity if you are unmarried or unsure of a child's parentage. Among those reasons were the right to pursue child support, the right to request custody, and information about a child's cultural and biological background.
Too many people associate paternity and parentage issues with scandalous day time television. However, these cases can affect people from all backgrounds, and they aren't always as dramatic as people expect. As such, parents and other adults with concerns about paternity should not be afraid to discuss this important legal matter.