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Custody and Visitation Archives

Co-parenting strategies for divorced couples

Married couples in New York and around the country sometimes put off seeking a divorce due to concerns about the impact that it would potentially have on their children, while others feel that addressing their underlying unhappiness is the best course of action for all concerned. Children may find the divorce of their parents a traumatic experience even when they were expecting it to happen, but there are a number of steps that estranged parents can take to reduce this emotional toll.

Holiday issues with children and visitation plans

A New York divorced parent might find that the holiday season is stressful enough without worrying about a visitation schedule. However, the end of a marriage can lead to some unavoidable challenges as parenting time is shared. Children can deal with a lot of tension if their parents refuse to cooperate or comply with ordered schedules. Those families just starting to separate lives as divorce proceedings are initiated may not even have formal arrangements yet. However, creating a temporary plan at this point could help in establishing a pattern for the future.

Custody terms can depend on substance abuse and other issues

New York couples who are facing divorce and custody issues may relate to the potential fight that could shape up between Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick. As the reality television show pair has announced their breakup, there is an interest in who will have custody of the couple's three children. While many might assume that the mother will be awarded primary custody due to the fact that she is the primary caregiver, the father could press for custody during the coming proceedings. However, Disick's history of drug issues could impact the outcome.

The concept of shared parenting in custody decisions

Many people feel that fathers have a more difficult time obtaining physical custody than mothers. They state that the children of divorce would benefit from a more even distribution of parental rights. Fathers' rights groups and others have been advocating for revisions to the law in several states, and they have produced many studies and statistics to buttress their case.

International abductions a concern in custody disputes

New York parents who are dealing with child custody issues may be interested to learn around 1,000 children are abducted annually by the other parent. In 2014, new legislation was passed in the United States to better address international child abductions. The legislation was pushed through by Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey who was instrumental in helping a father get his son back from Brazil in 2009 after his mother abducted him and took him there in 2004.

Supervised visits for parents in New York

A New York parent who is separated from an abusive spouse may wonder whether they should go to court and ask for supervised visits for the other parent. In a supervised visit, a parent spends time with a child in controlled situations in which a third party is always present.

How does the court decide which parent gets child custody?

Before a judge in New York can make a ruling about which divorcing parent gets custody of a child, the court will have to determine whether or not it has jurisdiction in the case. In order for a New York judge to rule in a child custody hearing, the child must have lived in New York for at least six months. If the child is under six months of age, a court in the state where the child was born has jurisdiction.

Star of 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' dealing with international custody

Last month we talked about the situation facing Kelly Rutherford, an actress known for her role on the now-finished TV show "Gossip Girl." She was married to a man who currently lives in Europe after some bad business deals led to the U.S. government revoking his passport. That means that the children she shares with him spend a lot of time overseas, and Rutherford is challenging their child custody arrangement.

Actress laments her international child custody arrangement

Kelly Rutherford is a successful actress, so it would seem like her life is a dream. However, her on-screen life hasn't exactly mirrored her off-screen life, as a divorce and a brutal child custody battle has taken its toll on the 45-year-old.