Sharing custody of a child can be a significant challenge for parents across Massachusetts. Unlike other family legal issues, child custody arrangements are ongoing and may need to go through some adjustments over time.
Fall is almost here, and school is back in session for many parts of the country. This time of year brings challenges, particularly in the first few weeks as children and parents alike must deal with changes like getting up earlier, settling back into a bedtime routine, packing school lunches and juggling homework time with after-school activities like sports and clubs.
Making the decision to divorce is never easy. Sharing this news with your spouse can be even more difficult. There are steps that can be taken to help ease the process.
Divorce is a very difficult time in anyone's life. Regardless of who initiated the proceeding, it is easy to get caught up in a battle of who gets more money in the settlement, especially if there is some animosity tied to the split. Whatever fuels this fight for cash, it is wise to keep the big picture in mind when going through a divorce.
Parents who have struggled with a mental or physical disability can face discrimination in child custody hearings. Unfortunately, a judge making a determination in a child custody case for this parent may decide the diagnosis is enough to rule the parent as unfit.
A divorce can be an emotional ordeal. Couples that have gone through this process may want nothing more than to avoid prolonged contact with each other. Yet when children are involved, a joint child custody arrangement may defeat that wish.
Readers that know someone or have gone through a divorce themselves know that couples may sometimes be better off going their own ways when a marriage is no longer working. To some extent, lawmakers may also share that opinion, as no-fault divorce is now available in all 50 states.
In a divorce, a spouse may need to advocate strongly for his or her position on matters of spousal support, asset valuations and property division. If children are involved, additional discussion will be required about child custody and visitation arrangements.
Issues in a divorce can be highly interdependent. For example, a couple may have disagreements about property division matters until they consider the potential impact on children. Similarly, parents may disagree about legal and physical custody arrangements until they factor in which spouse wants to remain in the family home, and/or whether one parent has plans to relocate.