Child custody issues are among the most difficult and emotional ones faced during and after divorce. Our firm helps clients work out a parenting plan that has the children's best interests in mind.
Telling your kids that you and your spouse are breaking up is tough. Naturally enough, you're probably under a great deal of stress yourself, and your own feelings about the situation may be mixed, at best. You know that your kids won't be thrilled, and you may worry the situation could cause them long-term harm.
Child custody issues can be sticky for couples in Maryland and across the country to navigate, but they are not insurmountable for those willing to work together to further their children's best interests. Hollywood stars Courteney Cox and David Arquette recently finalized their divorce after being married for over a decade. The two have reportedly gone through an amicable split, and have a great deal of affection and respect for each other. These factors will come in handy as the two navigate their joint child custody arrangements of their 8-year-old daughter, Coco.
Maryland couples going through the divorce process likely know that there are many post-divorce considerations, which can become contentious. The family law areas of child support, child custody and visitation are of special concern for parents who are divorcing. What many couples may not consider is how their divorce will affect the upcoming holidays. How amicable and reasonable ex-spouses are with one another, and toward others, may influence how stressful the holidays are for everyone.
Beyond the basics of determining who will be the primary custodial parent and who will have visitation rights, there are several areas of a child's life that may cause parents to think a bit deeper into the role of child custody. One of the most prominent areas is school. When it's time for kids in Maryland to go back to school, parents may find that their agreement needs to be revised in order for the family to work together adequately. While overall child custody arrangements may not change, visitation and involvement roles may.
One of the biggest challenges for divorcing couples in Maryland may be the emotional side of divorce for children. There may be confusion, anger, disappointment, and even guilt experienced by children. When determining child custody arrangements and going through the motions of a custody dispute, it is important for parents to include their children in the mix. To help with this process, one author has created a list that's defined as a bill of rights for children of divorce.
Maryland residents may have heard that basketball star Dwyane Wade is back in the legal system regarding allegations that his ex-wife attempted to abduct their children. According to reports, Wade was awarded child custody of the couple's two sons in 2011.
Dissatisfaction in marriage can appear at any age; however, for women over 50 the complexities associated with considering or moving forward with divorce may be different than that of their younger counterparts. The AARP has released data showing that two-thirds of the divorce cases involving couples over 50 are initiated by the wife.
It is common knowledge that many states across the country, including Maryland, have had an increase in single mother households during the last few decades, but this is no longer the fastest growing family dynamic in America.