Child Custody Archives

Grandparents fight for visitation rights

It is important for the emotional and intellectual growth of children to know, associate and have contact with their grandparents. During and potentially after a divorce, contact with grandparents may be limited or completely cut off. Ever since the 2000 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a state law which allowed grandparents' visitation if it would be in the best interest of the child, it has been more difficult to argue in favor of it.

Do grandparents have a right to see their grandchildren?

Families grow through marriage. Newlyweds welcome each other's families into their lives. When children come into the picture, family dynamics may increase and grandparents may play an active role in the care of their grandchildren and upbringing. Potentially they may provide free or affordable childcare when needed, pay for their education, extra-curricular activities and more. But, when a marriage with children ends in divorce with potentially long and bitter child custody and visitation issues, what happens to a grandparent's rights to see his or her grandchildren?

Child-focused divorce helps reduce relationship conflict

Divorced or divorcing parents with children are faced with the daunting task of keeping up with and fostering a healthy relationship between the child and the non-custodial parent. Child custody issues can be a point of friction between parents till the child emancipates.

Option of mediation for parents to resolve visitation disputes

When parents divorce with children in the picture it is not easy. Emotions run high, one or both parents may feel slighted with parenting schedules and visitation plans which limit access and contact with their children. They may find the schedules inequitable and unfair and these feeling may culminate into a visitation dispute.

MTV star leaves Florida with twins due to domestic violence

Many reality television shows depict the ongoing struggles parents face. These include child custody and visitation rights issues. The unfortunate reality for some of the young parents on this show is their disputes may be exasperated by allegations of domestic violence. Depending on the history and severity of the allegations, the amount of time parents spends with their children can be reduced or completely taken away.

Grandparents' visitation rights evaporate after divorce

Florida Families are dynamic and can be large or small with many cousins or a few, grandparents, uncles and aunts. However, the family dynamic is disrupted during a divorce and negatively impact various relationships particularly those with grandparents'.

Returning military personnel face child custody challenges

Military servicemen and women returning home from Iraq or Afghanistan after single or repeat deployments are routinely facing some challenging issues. Child custody and support issues, unfortunately, are among them. Typically, these personnel leave behind families with small children or expectant wives to serve our country abroad. Upon their return some have found that their spouse has left the state and refuses to let them see the child.

Gender bias has no place in child custody determinations

Divorce is never an easy process, but it can be more difficult when children are involved. In many cases, one parent or the other may feel at a disadvantage during a child custody dispute for various reasons. For example, many fathers may feel that the court system favors the mother.

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