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Managing emotions and your visitation rights

As a non-custodial parent, you could be facing all sorts of challenges each day. Perhaps you are struggling with depression following your recent divorce or maybe you have high levels of anxiety due to the financial changes that ending your marriage has brought on (child support payments, alimony, marital property division, etc.). However, custody issues and visitation can be especially difficult for a parent who has recently split up with his or her marital partner and it is essential for you to know what your rights are and take the appropriate course of action if you wish to spend more time with your child.

The impact of social media on custody proceedings

It is easy for those going through divorce proceedings to allow their emotions to get the best of them. Most dedicate a great deal of effort to remaining composed during actual hearings, choosing instead to vent their frustrations behind closed doors. This is fine, yet only if one does it wisely. Soon-to-be divorcees in Federal Way may be shocked to discover just how quickly and easily comments that they make in certain forums (such as social media) can be used against them during their proceedings. 

Co-parenting often requires compromise

Divorced parents in Washington may face a variety of challenges as they raise their children. For instance, it may be tough to reconcile the different parenting styles that each person may have. However, it can be easier to work together when both parents realize that their focus should be on the child. In some cases, this means being flexible and learning to develop positive relationships with each other.

Parental visitation after a denial of child custody

Some Washington parents who were denied custody of their children in court may worry that they are on the brink of losing their relationship with their kids. However, even individuals who aren't granted custody can be successful in enjoying substantial visitation rights and time. In general, absent situations of abuse and other severe problems, family courts have a strong policy interest in supporting the involvement of both parents in children's lives.

Domestic violence allegations and custody disputes

All sorts of topics related to child custody have been explored on this blog, from parental relocation to social media activity. However, there are many more challenges that parents may have to work through during a disagreement over the custody of their children, some of which can be very serious. For example, someone may be accused of domestic violence during a custody dispute, which can be unnerving and may also have an adverse impact on the outcome of the custody case. There are multiple factors that courts go over when determining child custody and accusations involving domestic violence are very serious.

Documentary puts spotlight on punitive child support system

Family courts in Washington generally have good intentions when they pursue child support from noncustodial parents. The punishments for default, however, frequently make it harder for the parent to catch up on payments. The documentary "Where's Daddy?" explores the harm that children experience when parents cannot pay support.

Reasons to establish paternity and how to do it

Establishing paternity may be done voluntarily or without a father's cooperation, and there are a number of reasons for a Washington parent to do so. One reason is that all children should have the right to know their father. It is the first step in getting a child support order, and it also allows a child to inherit from the father and get any benefits that are due to the child via the father. Establishing paternity may allow the father to seek custody or visitation rights as well.

Understanding joint legal custody

Child custody can often be a new and complex process for Washington parents going through a divorce. Not only is dealing with sharing time with and apart from one's children often an emotionally draining topic, but the practical complexities of child custody and visitation can also make this period more difficult. Understanding the terminology used can help parents to more efficiently make decisions about custody and visitation during the divorce.

Custody disputes and social media posts

There are a number of challenges that may arise during a child custody dispute, such as strong emotions and anxiety over how a child will be impacted by the court's decision. However, those who are in the middle of a custody dispute or expect to file for divorce and find themselves in one soon should be careful with respect to other issues. For example, parents who are involved in a disagreement over the custody of their child should be mindful of the information they share online. In the digital era, many people use social media, whether they share comments, videos, or pictures. Unfortunately, social media use can be problematic at times, especially in the midst of a custody dispute.

Ending your marriage as a new parent

There are all sorts of reasons why a couple makes the decision to end their marriage. In some instances, divorce may be on the table following one person's infidelity, while other marriages break down due to years of disagreements and dissatisfaction. For many couples, the birth of a child can strengthen bonds and signifies the accomplishment of a lifelong goal. However, new parents may also find that the responsibilities associated with parenthood have created friction within their marriage. For example, some may lose sleep, struggle at work, or frequently run into disagreements with their spouse about child care responsibilities.