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Posts tagged "Child Custody and Visitation"

Courts increasingly showing preference for joint/shared custody

The good news today for fathers in Washington is that courts often approach child custody cases with the presumption of awarding joint legal custody. This trend marks a dramatic change from what was common for much of the previous century - awarding full custody to the mother. Courts are now increasingly recognizing the importance of keeping both parents involved in a child's life after a marriage ends.

Dealing with custody issues as a young parent

Whenever parents split up, dealing with child custody can be especially tough. In fact, this is often one of the most emotional and draining aspects of divorce. After all, a child's future is at stake and a parent's ability to maintain a relationship with their child may even be threatened. Every custody case is different and may pose unique challenges, but some parents face an especially hard time. For example, a young parent may have a number of obstacles to overcome if they find themselves in the middle of a custody dispute or fighting for their visitation rights.

Texting helps parents and children connect after divorce

Many people in Washington criticize the way children interact with phones, tablets and other electronic devices, particularly when it comes to social media. There have been many reports about cyberbullying and other inappropriate online behavior. However, these technologies have also brought positive effects into many families' lives. After a divorce, electronic communications can help to ensure that children are never far away from both of their parents.

Tips to help with the child custody hearing

One of the scariest parts of divorce is battling for child custody. Numerous parents in Washington are aware of how nerve-racking their first child custody hearing can be. It can make all the difference, especially if either parent is vying for sole custody.

Putting the kids first in a parenting schedule

Washington spouses who are going through divorce should understand that a parenting plan is meant to help children keep a healthy relationship with both households. Neither parent should attempt to undermine the other because they are angry about the divorce.

Custody and older children

When it comes to child custody cases, there are a lot of different factors that must be considered. Of course, courts will look at the relationships between children and their parents, the financial circumstances of parents and other factors that will help the court try to decide which arrangement would be in the best interests of a child. One factor that can play a role in custody cases which is sometimes overlooked is the age of children. If you are preparing for a custody case or are going through a bitter dispute with your child’s other parent, please look into issues related to your child’s age if they could impact your case.

Research shows that joint custody benefits children of all ages

Divorced couples with children in Washington often have differences of opinion over custody and visitation issues. Some may even believe that sole custody is best for the kids, especially infants and toddlers. However, joint custody is usually better for children of all ages. This is the main takeaway from a study published by a psychologist who analyzed research on various approaches to post-divorce parenting.

Late icon's daughter hopes rehab will bolster custody case

There may be many assumptions that people in Federal Way have about divorce proceedings that are ultimately untrue. One may be that family courts automatically assume mothers to be the ones best fit to raise their children, and thus custody hearings tend to favor them right from the outset. In reality, the court's primary motivation when issuing rulings in custody cases is the best interests of the children involved. There is a presumption that kids are most benefited from having both parents in their lives. Thus, joint custody may be the arrangement that courts favor. Yet parents must first prove that they are deserving of that. 

Child custody matters may be contentious

Some Washington couples seem to be able to work together despite their pending divorce while others disagree and contest seemingly every single detail. Cooperation can provide significant benefits to both parents in terms of a less costly process and a separation that is less stressful to all involved. Perhaps nowhere is this truer than in the arena of child custody, which can become extremely nasty and, if not reigned in, can be harmful to the children.

How does a judge determine a parenting plan?

If you are a parent who is going through a divorce, a major concern is probably who will get custody of your children. The state of Washington uses the term parenting plan instead of visitation or custody, and there are general factors that a judge typically considers before deciding on the best plan.