A child custody battle can be stressful enough on its own, but when mental issues enter the picture, that stress can seem all the more magnified. Maryland parents who struggle with mental illness likely have preexisting complications to sort out long before divorce papers arrive. Although some argue that adding children to this mix is a wrong step, maintaining fair child custody despite the struggles can make all the difference in the lives of those involved.
Everyone makes mistakes -- it is simply part of human life. Yet the ways those mistakes are legally measured can result in potentially devastating outcomes. Countless Maryland residents live with felonies on their records, and while these offenses carry varying penalties, some live with the baggage for many years. This baggage can often be hard to explain for parents with children, especially amidst a divorce. All family issues and criminal charges aside, what typically matters most is the security of family.
If you are like many noncustodial parents, you may have a visit with your child planned in the coming weeks now that school is back in session. Schedules are tighter during the school year so you value the time with your child. However, this limited time may lead you to feel pressured to overspend, over-plan or even unknowingly overstep boundaries.
When you and your ex decide to end your marriage, one of the hardest things that you might have to do is to tell the children. Depending on the circumstances, such as your children's ages, you might need only a simple explanation of what is happening or you may need a more complex answer.
Some child custody orders are less than ideal for one of the parents. The court can't consider what is best for the parents. Instead, the court has to focus on what the child needs. This is a fine line to walk, but it is necessary to protect the children.
We recently discussed the reason why you and your ex should discuss matters related to your children. If you recall, one reason is that your child's immune system can be impacted by parents who have divorced and don't communicate. We want you to know that there are also other reasons for you and your ex to communicate.
Many people don't realize just how stressful divorce is until they live through one of their own. Did you know that divorce is very stressful for the children involved and not just the adults? This stress on the children is something that parents can help to control, but failing to do so can have negative impacts on the child's health.
We recently discussed some methods you can use to help your children cope with the divorce. You have to think about your child's needs and emotions when you are going through a divorce. Your children's well being should be at the heart of all the decisions you make regarding the divorce, and child custody in particular.
A divorce is a major event for the adults involved, but it can often feel like the end of the world for children who are involved. Parents must take steps to help their children work through the issues that are caused by the divorce.
Visitation is a huge part of child custody cases. You and your child need time together so you can build and maintain a relationship. This can't happen if you aren't able to see your child. As we discussed in a previous blog post, visitation schedules vary from one case to the next. The important thing to remember is that your child's best interests must remain at the heart of the case.