In mediation, the parents meet with a neutral mediator (who usually has background as a lawyer or therapist) who helps the two parents find solutions that work for their lives, instead of making those decisions for them as a judge would do.
Ask the Legal Expert
You have your child packed up and ready to go with the other parent -- and your ex doesn't show up. You can't call the cops and have them haul your ex to your door to pick up your child, but there are other things you can do.
It's been my experience that a home filled with anger, turmoil, or violence is a bad environment for children. Divorce isn't the only choice though, so let's talk about other situations you might find yourself in and how to explain them to your children.
Custody of children is a hotly contested issue in many divorces, but many divorces also involve a heated debate about the custody of small furry children as well. If you're in a situation where custody of your pet is an issue, the first thing you need to do is understand what the law is.
The holidays are a wonderful time -- except when your kids are cranky, overtired, and over-stimulated. Then they are hell-a-days, not holidays. Divorced parents find that managing the holidays can be a huge challenge.
It's easy to see your child as a simple way to convey a message to the other parent but it's a bad idea. When you ask your child to be a messenger, you're unwittingly asking him or her to be the receptacle for emotional feedback from the other parent.
The New Year is a time of fresh starts and new beginnings in many ways. This year, in addition to perhaps starting a diet or beginning to work out, devote some energy to developing a healthier interaction with your ex.
Parental termination is a legal process in which a parent's legal rights are taken away. In the eyes of the law, that person ceases to be that child's parents, and has no more rights or responsibilities towards the child.
Even after you've been separated or divorced for years, there are common problems that many co-parenting families must face. Whether these are big or small, the key is to find a reasonable way to work through the problems and preserve your cooperation.
Visitation is more than just a schedule. It is a connection to both parents. So what do you do when your child won't go?