Parental alienation is a form of child abuse -- although many people don't think of it as such. Certainly, the parents who participate in the type of mental and emotional manipulation that drives a wedge between their children and their children's other parents likely don't see themselves as abusive -- but that's exactly what they are.
Summer break can be fraught with difficulty for a lot of parents -- even under the best of circumstances. When you're divorced, custody issues also come into play. That can make every summer break a hassle unless you take steps to prevent problems before they start.
How do you help your children cope with their new reality following your breakup with your spouse? Whether you're newly separated or already divorced, there are a lot of transitions going on your child's life.
You may not be happy to hear this, but today's family court judges seldom side in favor of either the father or the mother in the average custody battle. Most judges want to see a joint custody plan worked out between the divorcing parents. (Failing that, the judge will usually assign one.)
Almost everyone -- at some point during their divorce -- wonders about the mental health of their spouse. When a child's involved, however, and your questions about your spouse's mental health are serious, it may be necessary to ask the court to order a psychological evaluation.
One of the consequences of relocating after a divorce is the problems you can face getting a child back and forth for visitation when the other parent lives hours away. Fortunately, the airlines are well-aware that many children will be flying solo -- especially during the upcoming holiday season.
In most states, the family pet is legally nothing more than a piece of property.
Child custody disputes can be overwhelmingly emotional -- but parents need to do everything they can to check their emotions at the door when they start negotiations. If you don't, you may accidentally turn the judge or mediator against you.
Child custody issues can create a lot of problems between family members. Parents, grandparents and other relatives on both sides of the family can end up at war when there's a dispute over parenting time.
Child support and custody are intertwined issues in a lot of ways -- but there's one important way that they never overlap.