To an impressively high degree, dads -- just like moms -- seek inclusion and the opportunity to play a key role in the lives of their children.
Child custody is one of the most important issues couples with children have to deal with in divorce, if not the most important issue. Ideally, couples are able to set their differences aside and work together to settle upon a custody arrangement that is beneficial for their children. This is not possible, though, in every case.
Clarion call to all divorced parents who, while loving their kids to an inestimable degree, couldn't stand their former partner in the months prior to dissolution and still feel the same way now: suck it up.
As a Massachusetts parent involved in a divorce that features children, you unquestionably have rights -- strong and plenary -- when it comes to the custody of your offspring.
Of course it's a given that parents customarily wield sizable authority over their children and are given broad latitude regarding their determinations on matters focused on discipline, setting boundaries and the proper punishment -- if any -- to dole out when they believe doing so is in a child's best interests.
"Pictures are forever" is a phrase that has undoubtedly been uttered more than a few times across the country by family members looking at decades-old snapshots of long gone relatives who continue to stare back at them from well-worn photo albums.
In any divorce involving children, there are bound to be some difficult and emotional times. This is particularly true in cases where divorcing parents aren't able to agree about the terms of a custody agreement. As we discussed in a recent blog post, in contested custody cases, a family law judge will take several factors into consideration when attempting to determine what type of arrangement serves a child's best interest.
June is just a few short weeks away and with it comes the end of another school year and the official start of summer. For school-aged kids, the summer months are meant to be a time for fun, relaxation and freedom. For working parents, the summer months can present many logistical challenges as parents must arrange childcare or somehow attempt to keep their kids busy and out of trouble.
For any parent who is going through a divorce, concerns related to child custody are often top-of-mind. Many divorcing parents have questions about how custody decisions are made as well as if these decisions can be appealed or amended. While it’s typically easiest and best and when parents are able to agree about the terms of custody and visitation, this unfortunately often isn’t the case in high-conflict divorce cases.
For any parent, a divorce or split from a child's mother or father likely signals concerns about parental rights and issues related to child custody and visitation. All too often, these types of highly emotional matters escalate and grow increasingly contentious as parents disagree about what is truly in a child's best interests.