Co-Parenting

Recent Posts in the Co-Parenting Category

  • Establishing Paternity in Washington State

    Establishing Paternity in Washington State Two people in a marriage or domestic partnership are automatically presumed to be the parents of any child born inside their relationship. When the birth mom is single, the only presumption is that she is the mother. The mother is automatically given full custody of the child. Unlike married couples, there is no presumed father of a child born to an unmarried mother. Until paternity is established , a single mom cannot ask the court to order child support until proving paternity nor can a father petition for child custody . ...
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  • Child Custody Terms Coparents Need to Know

    Child Custody Terms Coparents Need to Know When parents separate or are otherwise not in a relationship, deciding how they will coparent their children is a critical step. A legal agreement – called a parenting plan – must include specific details before it is approved by a judge. A parenting plan is unique to the situation but addresses the following components: Where the child will live most of the time Each parent’s decision-making power for the child Visitation and vacation schedules Child support award How the parents will resolve disagreements It’s important to ...
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  • Handling Summertime Parenting Plan Violations

    Handling Summertime Parenting Plan Violations School is out for summer, and children around the U.S. are celebrating not having homework, staying up later, and spending more time with friends. The carefree days of summer, however, do not absolve co-parents from following their parenting plans. Co-parents must follow an agreed-upon or court-ordered parenting plan outlining how summer vacations are handled. Violating the agreement has consequences. Address Violations Informally First Parenting plans are legally enforceable plans for parents and their children. The plans ...
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  • What to Do After Losing Child Custody

    What to Do After Losing Child Custody Losing custody of one’s child can be devastating, but it isn’t necessarily the end of the road. When the court takes away a parent’s custody rights, it’s because the judge believes that the child would enjoy a happier and healthier life under someone else’s care. Custody might have been granted to the child’s other parent, or perhaps to grandparents or other relatives. In any case, it is possible to regain custody of the child if you take the necessary steps to prove that you are the best person to raise your child. If you ...
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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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  • Co-Parenting & Discipline: How to Maintain Consistency and Compassion

    Co-Parenting & Discipline: How to Maintain Consistency and Compassion Being a parent isn’t easy, especially when you share your parenting time with your ex-spouse. The two of you may no longer be a couple, but you are both responsible for raising your child with love, consistency, and healthy boundaries. Acclimating to life as a single parent can be very difficult, especially if the divorce is causing your child to act out or if you and your ex have disagreements on how you want to parent your child. Keep in mind that you are all taking on new roles, so an adjustment period is perfectly ...
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  • What is a Parenting Plan Modification?

    What is a Parenting Plan Modification? Life is rarely, if ever, consistent, especially where children are involved. When our jobs, living situation, financial stability, or personal affairs change, it is only natural that other aspects of our lives adjust to reflect that. If something in your life or the life of your co-parent changes, a modification to your parenting plan may be in order. Parenting plans may become outdated or certain rules may no longer be applicable as time goes on and life changes. Whatever the reason, if a modification to your parenting plan ...
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