A parenting plan is an informal document where both parents, when separated or divorced, can lay out the basic rules and schedules regarding their child that they can agree upon.
It is normal and healthy to give children more responsibility and opportunities to make decisions about their lives as they grow older. This is true for many things, from deciding what types of subjects they would like to study at school, to which friends they would prefer to hang out with, the clothes they would like to wear and the sports that they want to play.
Finding the legal paternity of a child can be difficult to do if the man that the mother claims is the father decides not to acknowledge paternity. If the man does not acknowledge paternity, then he will not have custody rights, but at the same time, he will not be liable for child support payments.
Virtual visitation isn't a term that a lot of parents tend to stumble over when they're reading about custody and visitation -- but that may change as judges keep looking for new ways to give parents an equal share of parenting time while disrupting the lives of the kids as little as possible.
Anybody who has ever adopted a child can probably tell you that parenthood is a bond that transcends blood relationships.
Drug addiction has become a national problem -- with no sign that the epidemic is slowing anytime soon. Adding to the increasingly bleak picture, parents who are caught in the cycle of drug addiction risk losing visitation, custody and -- ultimately -- their parental rights.
Summer vacation is drawing to an end and back-to-school supplies are starting to fill the aisles of grocery stores everywhere -- which means that a real headache is about to start for parents who are newly divorced and still struggling with the co-parenting process.
The presumption many people make is that two parents are better than one -- even when those parents divorce.
What if, when parents got a divorce, the kids could keep the house?
Why exactly is shared parenting considered so important these days? While this system of raising children after a divorce has been around for several decades, it's still new enough that a lot of parents don't understand why it's so important to have nearly equal parenting time and a cooperative system of decision making when it comes to major issues.