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Child Custody Archives

What should I do if I've been accused of abuse?

One of the most difficult parts of family law is when a parent is facing involuntary termination of his or her parental rights. While each state has its own specific guidelines on what constitutes legal grounds for the termination of parental rights, this usually becomes part of the discussions when there is evidence to support allegations of child abuse or neglect, abandonment, severe mental illness of the parent or ongoing issues with drug or alcohol. It is also possible to lose your parental rights if you have been convicted of certain violent felonies against a family member.

Parenting plans do have to be reviewed and approved

The upside to creating your own parenting plan with your ex is clear: By doing so, you and your legal team can sit down and figure out a deal that works for both sides. You don't have to rely only on a court ruling. This gives you the ultimate level of control over how you raise your children.

Plan ahead for your children during deployments

The possibility that you will have to go on a deployment or be gone because of military orders is a daily part of life for members of the military. For parents in the military, these possibilities can make it difficult to raise children. Having a family care plan in place is one way that you can ensure your children are cared for while you are handling business for the military.

Can I file for grandparent visitation?

While many grandparents have been rejoicing over the new grandparents visitation rights law that went into effect July 1 in Florida, it's important to understand what this new law allows and whom it applies to. Contrary to popular belief — and hope — the law does not give grandparents the opportunity to tell the courts in a custody or visitation situation why they believe that having visitation with the children is in the children's best interests.

Actress must continue custody battle in another country

Actress Kelly Rutherford is refuting claims that she kidnapped her children by initially refusing to return them back to their father, Daniel Giersch. According to media reports, Rutherford allowed the children to be in contact with their father on a daily basis and says that she was not given the opportunity to explain her actions in court.

Who makes the educational decisions for our disabled child?

Parenting a special needs child can be very difficult, but these challenges can increase exponentially when the parents are divorced. If you and your ex have trouble communicating without hostility, it can seem impossible to agree on how to handle your child's educational needs. However, with a little bit of patience and sometimes a little help from the courts, these issues can be resolved.

Stepparent adoption: Understanding consent

Many people eventually move on and have second marriages, and even more children, after a divorce. In these situations, particularly if the noncustodial parent is not actively involved in the children's lives, a stepparent may consider adopting his spouse's children. While this is possible in some circumstances, it's important to understand what needs to happen for the courts to allow this.

Parenting plans are at the core of a child custody agreement

In our last few posts, we have discussed matters relating to child support and child custody. All of those posts bring to mind a very important point -- parenting plans are a vital component of all matters such as these. A parenting plan is the child custody agreement that you can turn to for answers to many questions.

Judge gives dad of child in circumcision case temporary custody

Many of our readers have probably been following the story of the mother who fled Florida to stop her son from being circumcised. The mother had initially agreed to the circumcision as part of a parenting agreement. However, she later changed her mind.

Taking preteen to concert wasn't bad parenting rules judge

Mother-daughter outings are a great way for mothers and daughters to bond. As the daughter grows up, the nature of the outings changes. Even with the changes, those outings are still important. One mother's outing with her daughter led her to court.