Category Archives: Child Custody

Same-Sex Parenting After Divorce

Same-sex partners who are parents are likely to face some difficult challenges because children are involved. The law, both written and practiced, can be very unfair to the separating couple. Making matters even messier, the legal rules change constantly. In … Continue reading

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Grandparents as Primary Caregivers

An increasing number of American grandparents who may have longed to see their grandchildren when they were infants see much more of them than they may have expected when they are children.   Instead of the golden years punctuated by occasional … Continue reading

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The Ins and Outs of a Child Custody Evaluation

In a bad custody fight, a parent in a tug-of-war with a former partner can count on meeting at least one mental health professional for an evaluation of his or her parenting skills. A custody evaluation includes a parental history survey, … Continue reading

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Child Sexual Abuse and Divorce

An expanding body of literature on child sexual abuse and media coverage and the public declarations by adult survivors all suggest that child sexual abuse is an ugly elephant in the room, a major deviation from the way family life … Continue reading

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Child Custody for Same-Sex Couples

Same-sex partner who are parents face some difficult challenges in dealing with child custody. The law — both as it is written and as it is applied – is constantly changing can be very unfair to same-sex parents. Lesbian and … Continue reading

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What is Considered Reasonable Visitation?

After a divorce, the children generally live with one parent or the other. The parent that the children lives with is called the custodial parent; the other is called the noncustodial parent. (Sometimes today the noncustodial parent is called the … Continue reading

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A Child Specialist in a Collaborative Divorce

In many court districts in most of the jurisdictions, divorcing couples with children must take a parenting-divorce course, but in the emotional turmoil of a floundering marriage, a child’s many psychosocial and emotional needs easily escape attention. For this reason, … Continue reading

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Tips for Supervised Visitation

Making supervised visitation a success is up to the parents. The parent must focus on the children. Supervised visitation is not the time to ask about the other parent. This is time with and for the children. A supervised visit … Continue reading

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Understanding Step-Up Visitation and Parenting Time

Step-up visitation allows for increasing frequency and increments in visitation time as the child gets older. It is often used as a way to slowly introduce a child to a parent he or she is not really familiar with. A … Continue reading

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Costly Child Custody Evaluations

Many divorcing parents resolve questions about custody and visitation without litigation, but sometimes, when the case goes to court, the judge requires a child custody evaluation. The evaluations can be very expensive. Often they involve experts and professionals and the … Continue reading

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