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In the mid-1990s when I began as a child custody attorney and built up my expertise, I wrote of a moment that I summarized as “who gave her the right?” What I meant was mothers often assumed they were the only parent entitled to child custody. Our culture suggests that fathers allow mothers to act…

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After a long school year, summer vacation is coming up soon! We can’t help but feel our kids’ excitement. For us parents, though, summer vacation means work, schedule changes and increased childcare. For divorced parents, that can require extra cooperation and flexibility from all parties. Sharing custody is never easy, but during the summer months,…

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There will always be obstacles to navigate when co-parenting with an ex-spouse, but add an active teenager seeking independence to this mix and parents could find themselves in a three-way showdown: Mom vs. Dad vs Teenager. Navigating the teen years and a divorce custody schedule can be made easier by following these five tips:  Put…

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The reality is that there is not necessarily a “best” time for your children to find out that you are getting divorced. What works “best” for your family is totally different from one family to the next. It depends on factors such as the age and temperament of your child, your specific family dynamics, and…

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Every family situation following a divorce or separation is unique. Therefore, what may be a typical parenting schedule for one family may be quite different for another family. Creating a parenting plan for an infant or a very small child during your divorce or paternity case is complicated. There are considerations that simply may not…

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If you and your child’s other parent are unable to reach a satisfactory agreement as to the custody of your child, it will be up to the court to decide the best custody arrangement and parenting plan for your child. Any custody decision is based on the best interest of the child standard, which encompasses…

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The Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act (PKPA) is a federal law that was passed in order to ensure consistency in interstate custody disputes. It also was designed to prevent parents from kidnapping their own children and taking them to other states for the purposes of obtaining a more favorable custody determination. More specifically, the PKPA establishes…

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It is not uncommon, particularly during a lengthy marriage, for a stepparent to become closely bonded to his or her stepchildren.  With today’s high divorce rates, there are more and more “blended families,” including stepchildren and stepparents.  When a couple with a blended family decide to divorce, the broken relationship between stepparent and stepchild can…

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