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Child Custody Archives

Searches for birth parents can be complicated

The search for an adopted child’s birth parents can be a long, arduous and emotional process. It may be difficult to find proper records and trace parents’ prior movements in order to find them. However, one state is close to passing a law that will ostensibly make the process easier. According to a recent NJ.com report, the New Jersey legislature is moving quickly to approve a bill that would give adopted people their original birth certificates. However, it is yet to be determined if Gov. Chris Christie will sign the bill into law. 

Reporters miss reporting on Bode Miller's son

Alpine skier Bode Miller made history by being the oldest person to win an Olympic medal after his third place finish in the men’s Super-G competition. He told reporters that he didn’t have the run he was hoping for (which ostensibly would have won the competition) but it was good enough. Miller’s emotions boiled over during a post-race interview with NBC when he mentioned how he was thinking about his brother, who passed away last year after suffering a seizure.

Tips for avoiding spring break custody disputes

For many students in the Houston area, spring break is essentially just around the corner. Depending on the age of the children, this could mean family vacations to Galveston or to New Orleans, or staycations where kids just enjoy the time off by sleeping in late and playing with friends. For newly divorced parents and those who have been separated for a while, making plans for spring break can be difficult.

Basic questions in modification cases

Although Father’s Day is many months away, there are a number of unmarried fathers who are not in their children’s lives or do not see them on a regular basis. They may be estranged from the children’s mother or they may be incarcerated. Whatever the reason, fathers may not have the type of access to kids that will ensure a strong relationship with them.

Resolutions that divorcing parents should follow

The first week of the year is commonly about focusing on new beginnings. People decide (or at least have an idea) of what they want to do differently in the coming year. For divorcing parents, there may be plenty of things on their “do differently list” for 2014, whether it is to lose weight, stop smoking or get a better paying job.

When courts will consider a modification petition

The holidays are supposed to bring out the best in people, but sometimes it may bring out the worst in them. Parents may not like what a child may experience with another parent during Christmas (whether it be a particular gift that was received, or a parent may have been late for an exchange). Whatever it may be, such disappointment may spark the desire to seek a modification to limit parenting time with the offending parent. 

How to survive the holiday season with a difficult ex

Most parents look forward to the holiday season just like children do. The excitement and happiness that kids exhibit can sometimes help parents forget the ills of their world for a short time. However, dealing with a difficult co-parent could thwart the happiness that comes with the season. The holidays can be especially painful for parents who have to send kids to a vengeful and obstinate parent.

How to care for children of divorce during the holidays

The holiday season can be a difficult time for people in the throes of a divorce. The questions that come from well-wishers can become annoying, just like the prying questions from your soon-to-be ex-spouse. With all the emotional trauma that comes with a holiday split, parents sometimes forget that children can be affected as well. After all, the season is supposed to be special, and they may not feel as if they can enjoy it if their parents are not well. Moreover, they may feel as if the divorce is all their fault, which can make the season that much more difficult for them.

Skier and ex-girlfriend reach accord in custody dispute

The paternity and custody saga between skier Bode Miller and his former girlfriend Sara McKenna has garnered headlines. The dispute has included public insults and disagreement on even the child’s name. However, the temporary custody and parenting time agreement the parties reached has the potential to end the nearly year-long legal battle.

What grandparents can do to have visitation

Having conversations with former in-laws about parenting time during Thanksgiving can be an awkward proposition. After all, the relationship with the child’s other parent is essentially over, and depending on how it ended, this may be a good thing. However, there are other relatives in the child’s life that wish to continue a relationship; most importantly, grandparents.

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