Massachusetts residents may recognize the actress Kelly Rutherford from her appearances on popular television shows including 'Gossip Girl" and 'Melrose Place," and they may also have learned from media reports that she has been involved in a contentious child custody dispute with her ex-husband. The 46-year-old actress divorced her husband in 2008 after two years of marriage, but the legal wrangling over custody of the couple's two children has continued on for several years.
Massachusetts residents might be interested in a new study that indicates children of divorced couples suffer less stress when they spend time living with both parents. The research appears in the April 27 edition of the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
Perhaps one of the most stressful aspects of divorce or separation is the arriving at an agreement about the support and custody of the estranged couple's children. This stress can be enhanced when one or more of the children begin to view one of the parents as the wrongdoer. Massachusetts social workers have observed and studies have supported two different types of parental alienation. The first is when the child's negative views of one parent are supported and encouraged by the other parent. The second is when the child begins to alienate from a parent without being provoked to demonstrate such behavior.
Under certain circumstances, it may become necessary for a Massachusetts custodial parent to relocate with his or her child. However, this may create logistical problems if the other parent has the right to visit or has partial custody of the child. Typically, it is the responsibility of the relocating parent to come up with a visitation schedule that is agreeable to the other parent and in the best interests of the child.
When parents split or have finalized a divorce, there can still be issues to deal with and consider post-divorce. Parents in Massachusetts need to constantly consider and reconsider what is best for their children. This often means determining child custody and making modifications if disputes arise or substantial changes occur in the lives of the parents or children. No matter the reason for change; the best interest of the children should always be paramount in the changes to child custody arrangements.
A couple going through a divorce will likely be forced to address many different issues. Some issues can be resolved amicably, others could lead to protracted, contentious court battles. For former NFL superstar Deion Sanders and his wife, their divorce has come down to one primary issue: child custody.
When a child custody agreement is made, the parent with primary custody likely expects that he or she will maintain that position as the primary parent in their child's life for an extended period of time. However, certain circumstances may prompt the child custody arrangement to change.