The gloves have come off and your divorce is heating up -- but you and your spouse should really think twice before you engage in a custody battle.
You're absolutely convinced that your ex is a terrible parent and that the kids would be far better off in your physical care most (or all) of the time. It only seems reasonable to ask the court for sole physical custody.
The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) have provided a joint statement of guidelines for separated parents during the COVID-19
With the current California health order to shelter-in-place, we are all trying to keep ourselves and our families safe while traveling down this uncharted path. This unexpected situation is difficult for all of us. We are separated from friends, family, and co-workers. Our everyday lives have been moved into our homes, where we are trying to live, work, and homeschool. In addition to the everyday struggles that we face while sheltering in place, separated parents who share custody of their children are faced with even more unanswered questions and daily dilemmas.
If you and your ex-spouse can't be in the same space for five minutes without taking verbal swipes at each other or getting into a spat, how are you ever going to keep custody exchanges civil?
Deciding to seek a divorce certainly wasn't the easiest thing you've ever done -- but actually approaching your spouse about the divorce may seem even harder. You're likely anticipating everything from tears to threats, and that's not easy to handle.
Once your divorce is final, you'll have a detailed agreement or court order that outlines how every aspect of your split gets handled -- from taxes to child custody and everything in between.
If your spouse has strong ties to another country, you may worry that he or she will disappear with your children in tow to some far-off land where you will never see them again.
The nights are getting longer, the air is getting colder and we're already in October. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas will all be happening before you know it. That means that it's time to discuss your holiday plans with your co-parent and make any necessary adjustments to your visitation schedule with the kids.
You can't completely protect your child from the fallout of your divorce. However, you can minimize the effects. By concentrating on your emotional awareness, you can help your children develop theirs -- and weather the tides of the divorce a little easier.