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Summer has ended and the school year has begun. Parents who are contemplating divorce or separation often worry about the impact on children in the future and how best to make decisions for their future. Who shall have custody of the children? Where will they live and go to school? How will they do?
When I first started practicing family law and handled family divorce cases, parenting arrangements following a divorce tended to look very similar in each case. The beauty of divorce mediation is that together with Divorce Mediators, you create a parenting plan that works for your family.
The separation of a divorcing couple is a draining experience for the entire family. The emotional toll of separation can have consequences that manifest themselves in children’s social and academic lives. The result of this severe stress can negatively impact a child’s grades, friends, state of mind, and even physical well-being.
Children are more capable of adapting to parental separation if their parents function effectively. Each parent will develop his or her own style of parenting, and each parent should be tolerant of the other’s parenting style with respect to that parent’s ability to make day-to-day decisions when the children are with him or her.
Can a parent sue another parent for monetary damages, when parental alienation is taking place, and the relief granted by the divorce or family court is inadequate to stop it?
Each year our firm conducts an annual Legal Workshop for Mental Health Professionals on issues of family law that could help attendees assist their patients experiencing marital difficulties, divorce and related issues. In many cases, the involvement of mental health professionals in differing capacities can assist in avoiding time-consuming and costly litigation.
As you are going through divorce, you should follow some hints to ensure you can avoid allowing this decision to negatively affect your children. There are some ways to keep your children from being affected long-term by your divorce, but you have to pay attention to certain behaviors of yours that may be hurting them.
In any family dispute that involves children whether it is a separation, a divorce or some other negotiation, parents need to devise a parenting plan which will address certain questions.
The following is a list of some of the parenting issues that should be discussed during the divorce mediation process.
So often I am asked ’What can we do to help our kids through the divorce?’ While this is a wide-open question who’s answers range from very simple to quite complex, there are some general and major points to be made.
A separation or divorce will inevitably have a profound effect upon children, and at times it can even be devastating to them. The ’good news’ is that divorce needn’t leave long-lasting psychological scars, and a lot depends on how you handle things. Take heart in knowing that you can make an enormous difference in how the children fare.
New York does not automatically give custody of children to any one parent. In deciding custody, the court only considers what is in the best interest of the child. It considers who gave primary care during the marriage, scheduled doctors' appointments, and attended school meetings. Generally, the court allows the non-custodial parent ample visitation with the child and even awards joint custody. Visitation is often only limited in circumstances where there is abuse.
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