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A good parenting plan provides your child with needed structure

Parents typically know how important stability is in their child's life. Children need structure and consistency to feel secure. Unfortunately, sometimes circumstances can arise that upend the home life that a child has become accustomed to. And divorce is an extremely common reason for children having to cope with sudden life changes.

Custody battle shows Material Girl has a very human heart

One of the strongest instincts people can possess is the desire to remain connected to their children. But sadly, sometimes circumstances conspire to separate a parent from his or her child. And as you may know, if you are obstructed from being with your child there is simply nothing, including vast amounts of wealth, that can fill the emotional void.

A successful child custody evaluation requires preparation

While it is always preferable for divorcing parents to reach a child custody agreement between themselves or with the aid of a mediator, sometimes the situation escalates to another level. And if you are participating in a contested custody case, you may be required to take part in a child custody evaluation as part of the resolution process.

An attorney can help shield your child from divorce conflicts

"What stupid poem could fix this home, I'd read it every day." Those words are lyrics from the song "Stay Together For the Kids," by rock band Blink-182. The song's perspective is that of a child's whose parents are in a turbulent relationship. The child wants nothing more than for his parents to just get along. But as we know, sometimes a marriage is beyond repair.

California observing Child Support Awareness Month

On its website, the California Department of Child Support Services states that August is Child Support Awareness Month. The observance is meant to give recognition to the state's child support agencies and the courts that help ensure that children receive the support benefits to which they are entitled. Child Support Awareness Month is also meant to serve as a reminder to parents that support payments can act to represent the love they feel for their children.

Civility between parents sharing custody helps children

Sometimes when a couple goes through an especially contentious divorce, there can be strong resentments and anger that extends well past the point of signing the final decree. And if the couple has children, the former spouses will likely have to interact on a regular basis. Ex-spouses typically have to face each other when they pass the children to one another in accordance with their child custody agreement. And while this transaction can be stressful, it is very important that it be completed with as much civility as possible. This will benefit the child in ways you may not realize.

Curbing emotions can help you get through a custody dispute

A divorce can bring so many emotions to the surface. And this can be especially true for divorcing parents. Child custody issues can trigger animosity in both parties, so much so that it can be easy to lose track of what matters most; the emotional health and well-being of the child.

What factors are important when planning vacation custody?

The good old summer time has rolled back around, and perhaps no one is happier about that fact than the children who will have an extended break from school. This can also be a great opportunity for parents to spend extra time with their children. If you are a divorced parent, you may need to take a couple of extra steps to make your vacation plans a reality.

Divorcing parents need to consider their children's feelings

If you are a parent who is going through a divorce, you are likely dealing with many concerns and emotional issues; but so too are your children. Remember, your children likely see you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse as their parents, not as two individuals with strong differences. It can be very traumatic to watch the two of you go your separate ways.

Why you should prove your financial stability to the judge

Disputes over child custody are not always easy for people to deal with without stressing out or panicking. It would be ideal for parents to work together and find an arrangement that benefits all parties, including the child, but this doesn't always happen. Parents do not have to agree on a plan for child custody, but when they don't, they are agreeing that they will let a judge decide for them.