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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.

Taking a look at bird's nest custody arrangements

When it comes to the custody of children, there are a number of potential outcomes parents may anticipate. For example, a parent may worry about his or her ability to have shared custody or even visitation rights. However, there are certain unique situations as well, such as "bird's nest" custody arrangements. A bird's nest custody arrangement places emphasis on the child, allowing them to stay in their family home while parents alternate living in the family home and elsewhere. Depending on your circumstances, it could be a good idea to examine this option.

Handling emotions during a custody dispute

There are a variety of challenges parents may face when working through family law matters, from struggling with child support payments or the modification of a child support order to discussing their plans to divorce with their children. However, disputes which involve the custody of a child can be especially difficult for a parent, and children as well. Custody decisions have a major impact on a child's life, from where they spend most of their time to the major influences they are exposed to on a daily basis. From high levels of anxiety to depression and anger, in some cases, the emotional toll of a custody dispute can be overwhelming.

How widespread is poverty among custodial parents?

There are a number of challenges that may arise with respect to child custody, from anxiety about a custody hearing to handling the outcome of a custody dispute. Even after custody matters have been settled, other hardships may arise, such as custodial parents experiencing financial difficulties. These financial problems may be brought on by various problems, from not receiving child support that is owed to significant financial changes following the end of a marriage. Unfortunately, far too many custodial parents find themselves in this position and it is important to understand just how many custodial parents are facing significant financial difficulties.

Child custody and financial instability

When it comes to child custody decisions, there are a plethora of factors that courts will review. For example, the court may consider a child's relationship with each parent and other factors that will be used to determine which outcome would serve the best interests of a child. However, there are other factors that could have an impact on a custody ruling, such as a parent's financial circumstances. For parents, divorce can bring many changes in life and even problems, in some instances, but it is essential to be prepared for custody hearings and other critical issues.

Parenting plans for unmarried ex-couples

If you and your ex-partner were never married or in a domestic partnership together, and you share a child, creating a parenting plan may feel a bit more complicated. Initiating a plan looks a bit different than if you were married, but your parental rights can be just as protected.