The 2007 Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Family Maintenance went into full effect in the United States on Jan. 1, 2017. Now, California is at the heart of one of the first cases to try to help a woman get financial support from the biological father of her child.
When you and your ex either negotiated or litigated your current child custody agreement, you did so with the information you had at the time. Even though you tried to predict the future and include provisions that would cover eventualities, it can be nearly impossible to cover all the bases.
The matters that come up with child custody can change with different seasons and as the children grow. Any parent who is in the middle of a child custody case knows how difficult it is to think about everything that might need to be covered in a custody agreement. We can make sure that the basics are handled so that you and your ex can work on trying to fine tune things as time goes on.
Even though your marriage is over, you and your future ex-spouse realize that you must still work together to continue raising your children. You want to make your co-parenting future a success and know that you have a lot of ground to cover before you reach an agreement regarding your parenting plan.
Child custody issues do not arise only in the home or when the parents exchange custody of their children. They can happen anywhere, including in the school of the children involved. That is why schools need to be prepared for such disputes to boil over and happen in the school buildings. Schools need to have plans in place for teachers and staff to follow should a child custody dispute occur on their grounds.
Parenting is a big responsibility. When you are doing this by yourself after a divorce, you might find that you are getting overwhelmed sometimes. This is perfectly understandable. In those times when the going gets tough, take the time to focus on remaining positive.
A child custody agreement has to be made with the child's best interests in mind. There isn't room for either parent to be selfish and try to sway the agreement in their favor.
Many parents who raise a child separately face conflict and act out in frustrating ways, but some truly cross the line into unacceptable behavior that violates the other parent's legal rights. Commonly, this behavior includes obstructing the other parent's court-ordered physical custody or visitation privileges, legally referred to as parental time interference.
Your children are the light of your life so it is understandable that you want to spend as much time as possible making memories with them. When you and the other parent aren't in a relationship any longer, you will have to split time with that parent. This means that you won't have your children with you as much as what you might like, which we understand is very difficult.
Every child is different, so it stands to reason that there aren't any one size fits all options for child custody cases. When you are in the midst of a child custody case, you need to think carefully about what you can do to make things easier for your child. Thinking about things from this standpoint can help you remember that the focus of the case isn't you or your ex.