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Avoiding bitter child custody battles benefits you and your kids

23032812_s.jpgWhile divorce is difficult for parents, it is even more devastating for children. Parents wish to protect their children from the negative effect of divorce and child custody proceedings. What many divorcing parents fail to realize is that kids can be experts at hiding the pain they feel.

Illinois man arrested for child abduction amid custody dispute

101848414_s.jpgIn Saint Louis and other areas in the Midwest, divorce can bring about some of the most contentious and emotional issues. Take, for example, child custody disputes. While parents should be focused on the needs and best interests of the child or children involved in the divorce process, the reality is that children could be improperly used to be hurtful and spiteful against an ex. In other cases, a parent may fight to keep a child with them because they truly believe that would serve their best interests. No matter the reason, when a child custody dispute arises and a custody order is violated, dire consequences can arise, as seen in one recent case.

The basics of third-party visitation rights

24878909_s.jpgThird-party visitation rights are an important part of the child custody process to be familiar with. Referred to as third-party visitation rights, nonparent visitation rights or sometimes grandparent visitation, parents and families facing child custody concerns should be familiar with all of the different types of child custody, including third-party child custody.

Steps working parents can take to protect child custody interests

116956621_s.jpgMany parents in the Midwest struggle to find an appropriate work-life balance. While many people want to work as hard as they can to get ahead in life and support their families, this can come at the expense of strong familial relationships. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the child custody context.

International child abduction and the Hague Convention

16259734_s.jpgFamily law matters are not easy to address not matter the situation. Child custody matters can get complicated quickly, and this is especially true when a parent fails to abide by a court ordered custody arrangement. Parents who choose to relocate with their children without the other parent's consent and without court authorization, for example, can damage the child's relationship with his or her parent. Previously, this blog discussed the UCCJEA and how it can be utilized to address child custody matters when a child has been taken to another state, but this week, cases of international abduction will be assessed.

A brief look at legal custody

104081046_S.jpgFamily law matters can be complex. As we've discussed previously on this blog, child custody disputes can be highly confrontational when parent can't agree on what type of custody and visitation arrangement is best for their kid. In most cases, the focus of these disputes is on physical custody, which means where the child will live. However, physical custody is half of the child custody puzzle that must be addressed with care.

Domestic violence can be powerful evidence in child custody case

85404481_S.jpgFamily law matters can get emotional and complex. Child custody disputes can get heated quickly. Each parent thinks they know what is best for their child, and most children are too young to really know what furthers their best interests. This means that when there is a dispute about a child custody or visitation arrangement, then the parents will have to bring forth evidence to support why their proposed plan is best suited to meet and further those best interests.

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