Child Custody

Recent Posts in the Child Custody Category

  • Splitting Custody for the Fourth of July

    Splitting Custody for the Fourth of July Although child custody plans are supposed to help parents cooperate and move forward accommodating their children’s needs, they don’t always work out perfectly, especially when it comes to spending time with the children on holidays like the Fourth of July. If Independence Day is an important holiday to you, then you should try to reach a compromise with your co-parent to include time for holiday traditions you would like to continue with your children, such as barbecuing or watching a fireworks show. The best parenting ...
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  • How To Handle Custody & Visitation During the Divorce Process

    How To Handle Custody & Visitation During the Divorce Process Before your divorce is finalized, you and your co-parent might be concerned about how you’ll share parenting responsibilities in the interim. The divorce process can be complicated and lengthy, so having a temporary parenting plan in place is the best way you can ensure you create a stable environment for your children and set clear-cut expectations with your spouse. While you meet with your attorney to discuss the details of your divorce or negotiate the terms of your official child custody agreement in court, your ...
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  • How Child Custody is Determined in a Divorce

    How Child Custody is Determined in a Divorce The court has several goals in deciding child custody in a divorce case. These goals can include, but are not limited to: Providing for the child’s physical care Maintaining emotional stability for the child Providing for the changing needs of the child as he or she grows and matures Setting forth the responsibility of each parent with respect to the child Minimizing the child’s exposure to harmful parental conflict Overall, the court will make these decisions based on what it thinks are in the child’s best interests. The ...
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  • What to Do About False Allegations in Child Custody and Divorce Cases

    What to Do About False Allegations in Child Custody and Divorce Cases When your co-parent makes false accusations against you, their words, however unfounded, could seriously harm your child custody or divorce case. Whether you’re just now going through the beginning of a divorce or are rehashing a custody issue for the fifth time, any words against you, as a parent, can be particularly damaging. Some of the common false accusations include: Child abuse and negligence Drug and alcohol addiction Accusations of criminal offenses Accusations of domestic violence Lying on your legal forms Failure ...
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  • Relocating With a Child After Divorce

    Relocating With a Child After Divorce Under Washington State law, both parents and anyone else granted visitation by the court are required to be informed if one parent plans to relocate with the child. If a child visitation rights holder, such as the other parent, grandparents, or a sibling, has visitation rights with the child, then the relocating parent must inform them when they plan to move. Washington State law establishes this obligation because everyone involved in the child’s life should be alerted about the move in advance. Below, we discuss what ...
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  • Creating a Long-Distance Parenting Plan

    Creating a Long-Distance Parenting Plan When it comes to co-parenting over long distances after divorce or separation, it can be difficult to come up with an effective parenting plan. Because long-distance parenting plans are substantially different than standard parenting plans, co-parents must use creative thinking to address the logistics of this complex arrangement so that both have a fair say in their child’s upbringing. A long-distance parenting plan is a set of instructions that dictates how co-parents will raise their children after divorce or separation . ...
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  • Preventing a Co-parent From Taking a Child Out of the Country

    Preventing a Co-parent From Taking a Child Out of the Country If you are married to a citizen of another country, have children, and are divorcing or considering a divorce, it is natural to fear what would happen if your spouse were to take your children out of the country. If this happens, it can be difficult to bring the child back to the United States. Is there a way to prevent this from happening? Please note: If you are facing a custody situation where this is an issue, it is important to contact a family law attorney experienced in international matters right away to advise you ...
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  • Getting Divorced While Pregnant: The Legal Issues

    Getting Divorced While Pregnant: The Legal Issues When a couple is in the midst of divorce, pregnancy can be incredibly stressful. While some couples may choose to postpone the divorce until after the child is born, others may feel waiting isn’t an option. Can You Get a Divorce While Pregnant? Yes, in the state of Washington, you are allowed to finalize your divorce even if you are pregnant. Although the courts cannot prevent you from divorcing simply because a spouse is pregnant, you may encounter some legal issues as you begin the dissolution process. Will the Other ...
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