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Child Custody and Visitation Archives

Keeping a parenting journal could win your custody case

Clarksville parents do a lot of heavy lifting for their children – and some parents do a great deal more than others. If you're one of those parents who serves as the primary caretaker of your child, you are shouldering a tremendous amount of work. If you can prove the work that you perform, the family law court that decides your child custody case will give you preference when it comes to making its decisions. For this reason, it's essential that you keep a daily journal of your parenting activities.

How do parents support each other's relationships with the child?

Good co-parents will always encourage their children to have love for the other parent, and they will never speak ill of the other parent in front of the child. However, as much as this is true, and as much as parents say they agree with it, they might not always be true to these precepts in their actions.

How to address custody exchanges in a parenting plan

When both parents are responsible and show up for their child custody exchanges on time, without making last-minute changes and adjustments, the co-parenting relationship will run a lot smoother and be less complicated. However, not all parents will be responsible enough to adhere to the preplanned details relating to child exchanges. For this reason, parents may want to include some specific guidelines within the parenting plan. These guidelines will ensure that the other parent acts responsibly when it comes to the way child exchanges are carried out.

3 questions to ask before a child relocation request

There are many reasons why a parent may wish to relocate to another state with his or her child. These might include the offer of a lucrative new job, living closer to friends and family in another part of the country or just to make a fresh start at life in a place you've wanted to live for a long time.

Have you considered your child's other relationships?

When drafting a child custody plan, most parents think about themselves and their relationship with their children, but not all of them remember to consider grandparents, siblings, family friends, coaches and other people their children have developed important relationships with.

What activities does a young child enjoy? 

Have you recently been awarded visitation rights to spend time with your preschool-aged child? The joy of time spent with your child is like no other, but it can also feel stressful if you don't know what to do with your preschooler. Don't worry. It's not uncommon for single fathers and mothers - especially those who didn't have visitation rights before - to be at a loss for ideas. If you fall into this category, here are two fun activities to get you started in the right direction:

The Hague Convention and international child abduction

In the not too distant past, if a foreign parent decided to leave the United States unlawfully with his or her child, the local parent would a very difficult -- if not impossible -- time of getting the child back. These days, the situation is different. We can thank the Hague Convention, an international treaty signed by 79 countries. It establishes guidelines for returning children to their home countries following an unlawful international abduction.

How do I change my child custody?

Many parents are happy with being the noncustodial parent and getting to spend every other weekend with their children. Other parents are unsatisfied with these arrangements and would prefer to share physical custody of their child, meaning that their child would live with them part of the time and essentially have two homes. However, once the judge has made the decision, is there any way that you can modify your court orders to become the custodial parent?

How should I tell my child about our divorce?

Parents do their best to stay together, often enduring years of toxic relationship drama just for the sake of their children. However, is it really helping your children to grow up in a toxic environment like this? Or, if you're able to "fake it," what kind of example of living a happy life is that setting? If you've finally decided to pull the trigger on your divorce proceedings, here are a few ideas on the best way to tell your children about it.

How can I settle my child custody case out of court?

You don't have to settle your child custody disagreement. In fact, it's to your and your children's advantage to try and reach an out-of-court resolution. Not only will you be able to resolve the matter faster and cheaper, but an out-of-court settlement will put a lot less stress and strain on you and your children.

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