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Mindful tips about getting custody

One of the great things about Memorial Day weekend is spending time with family; especially when there are kids around playing and taking time to enjoy themselves. Unfortunately, there are many parents who do not get the opportunity to have these experiences. This can happen because of a number of reasons. Either there is already a court order that awards parenting time during this weekend, or there is no court order at all where a parent could hold an offending parent accountable.

For those parents who are denied parenting time, there are remedies. This post will provide some helpful tips that so that you won't miss out on time with the kids during the next major holiday.

Why you should be careful about social media during divorce

Divorce and child custody disputes can understandably be emotional times. In our evolving culture, it is becoming more common to share our lives through social media. It is not surprising for middle aged adults to have Facebook pages, Twitter handles and even send Vine messages to keep people in the loop.

Indeed, many of the posts and statements you see on social media are about joyous events; birthdays, graduations and pay increases are common. But in bad times, we are apt to share those as well. For people going through child custody disputes and divorces, there can be problems with too much sharing. 

Why restraining orders are important in contested custody cases

In contested child custody proceedings, you may be surprised with the lengths people will go to get an advantage over the other parent. They may try turn the kids against a parent by sabotaging their relationship or they may make allegations of abuse or intimidation.

These allegations typically manifest themselves in requests for restraining orders or no-contact orders. These orders should be taken seriously because many of them can be granted ex-parte (without notice to the other party). The person whom the order is issued against may be surprised by such an order and may think it is completely unfair (and it may well be). In these instances, the chance of violating it by contacting or confronting the person who requested it could have dire consequences. 

Can moms be forced to pay child support?

If you are locked in a bitter child custody and support dispute, and you are a working woman, the divorce matter involving Bethenny Frankel may pique your interest. Frankel is a reality TV star, who appears on the Real Housewives of New York. Before coming back to the show after a two year hiatus (where she hosted her own television talk show) Frankel created and sold an alcohol line called Skinnygirl.

Her financial status is important, because it is indicative of the fact that women can be made to pay spousal maintenance and child support, and even attorneys fees when going through a divorce. These payments are supposed to be temporary measures meant to maintain the status quo while the parties go through a divorce. Essentially, a party without means to hire competent counsel may petition the court to have the wealth bearing spouse pay their attorney's fees. 

Why unmarried fathers may have trouble with parenting time

It is frustrating for unmarried fathers who have relationship issues with the mother of their children; primarily because when mom gets mad, or has a certain disdain for dad, it can manifest itself in the father being denied access to the child.

Indeed, such denials are not always direct. Plans to spend time with dad can be shelved because mom and baby (and mom’s family) have plans that ostensibly supersede dad’s time with the child. You may wonder how this is possible given that you are named on the birth certificate and you pay child support.

Why dating during divorce may not be a good idea


The scenario has been played out on soap operas for decades. Marriage between overworked husband and unsatisfied housewife dissolves. After having a terrible fight, housewife finds comfort in someone else. Overworked husband eventually finds out, and tries to take revenge against the new love interest.

Additional tips for relocation cases

In our last post, we highlighted what a family court judge may consider in a relocation case (also known as a “move away” case). Essentially, there are a number of elements that help a court determine whether the move is in the child’s best interests, and whether parenting time arrangements must be adjusted.

Even with the elements considered in such a decision, it is possible to avoid the ordeal of having the court intervene altogether. This post will offer some helpful tips to stave off possible move away problems. 

What a court may consider in a relocation case

In today’s mobile society, it is increasingly common for parents to move for new jobs. When this occurs, especially for divorced and single parents, the transfer could be difficult when children are involved. Essentially courts must make difficult decisions regarding custody and parenting time that will inherently leave one parent angry and dismayed while the other parent may feel overly empowered.

With relocation cases (also known as “move away” cases), the court will consider several factors, including, but not limited to the following:

How to manage a difficult co-parent

It is quite common for ex-spouses or significant others to get on your nerves and goad you into disputes that could lead to something serious, such as a restraining order or criminal charge. While we understand that these tactics are underhanded and juvenile, they happen with striking regularity and have real consequences.

Because of this, we find it prudent to remind our readers that dealing with difficult co-parents is an unfortunate downside of parenting. With that said, we offer a few helpful tips for dealing with volatile situations.

How your income tax filing may change after a divorce

If you are in the midst of a divorce, the federal income tax filing deadline is probably the worst of your concerns. After all, there may be custody and parenting time issues that keep you up at night, and you may be locked in a bitter debate over who should leave the marriage with certain property.

If you have filed your tax return, congratulations; you will not have to see a tax return (or worry about it) until next year. But with your pending divorce, your tax preparation is likely to be different next year. This because if you are divorced by December 31, 2015, you will not be filing as a married person. With that, you should be aware of a few implications your divorce settlement may have on your tax return next year. This post will highlight a few.