Category Archives: Parenting

Substance Abuse and Parenting

Family law courts frequently grapple with the question of substance abuse and its impact on a person’s parenting capabilities because parental alcohol and drug abuse can profoundly damage the lives of children. Parental substance abuse places these youngsters at higher … Continue reading

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Children Who Resist Parental Contact

Dealing with children who resist parental contact after a separation or divorce may require “extensive and highly skilled services from mental health professionals.” Interest in the problem of alienated and/or estranged children increases, and parents face frustrations with the courts … Continue reading

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Parenting Capacity

Parenting Capacity Assessments (PCAs) or Parenting Capacity Evaluations (PCEs) are a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of a parent’s risk for neglect and/or abuse. It combines specific and extensive interviewing, psychological testing, records review, and other data as necessary into a … Continue reading

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Long Distance Parenting – The Custodial Parent’s Job

When one parent is custodial and the other is the long-distance parent, the custodial parent must support the relationship between the child and the distant parent. In this, good communication is essential. When one parent is a long-distance parent, the … Continue reading

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Long Distance Parenting – Staying in Touch

When a family is intact, moving, though difficult, isn’t usually dislocating trauma, but when divorce fractures a family, long-distance parenting is one of the most difficult challenges facing divorced parents and their children. The problem happens when parents divorce, and … Continue reading

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Unmarried Parents and Their Children

David Popenoe, Rutgers University professor of sociology, believes profound differences exist between the relationship of married and that of unmarried cohabiting parents. For the children and the couples themselves, these routines – married or unmarried – have substantial consequences. The two groups – the marrieds and … Continue reading

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The “Good” Divorce

Researchers from Indiana University say that regardless of whether parents remain friends following divorce, it can still be just as damaging to the children. Today’s amicable divorces are “a far cry from the days when people were intent on keeping the … Continue reading

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Unmarried Fathers and Adoption

As a rule, adoption requires the consent of both parents, and one of the biggest parental rights is the right to consent or object to the adoption of a parent’s child. To gain parental rights, including the right to object … Continue reading

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The Rules for Parents

Divorced parents do well to remember a few points when they are with their children. Gossiping about the other parent – “badmouthing” him or her – tears the child apart. A child loves both parents. A child does not want … Continue reading

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Child’less’ or Child’free’?

Nearly 46 percent of American women through age 44 are childless – up from 35 percent in 1976. Some call it childless (when it is unsought) and others call it childfree (when it is by choice), but one way or … Continue reading

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