Friday, August 31, 2018

Taking Baby Steps As You Proceed Through Your Child Custody Case

In this week’s video, I want to talk to you about taking baby steps as you proceed through your child custody case. Often times, and it is usually fathers, tell me that they are not getting enough time with their children. They want equal time with their children and to have as much time with their children as the mother has. In many cases, the father may not be getting any time at all or sometimes just minimal time.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Grandparent Rights & Third Party Rights in Child Custody

What exactly are grandparents rights and other third-party rights such as step-parents in child custody?

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

At What Age Does A Child Have A Say In Custody?

There is a misconception that once a child reaches a certain age usually 12, 13, 14 that he or she gets to choose which parent to live with.

In my experience that's not the case. The ages of the child and the wishes of the child is just one factor that the court has to look at. The court has to look at all of the best interest factors.

So when thinking about what the child wants you need to ask yourself:

- Can the child reason?
- If so, does the child have a preference about which parent they want to live with?
- If so, what are the child's reasons?

If a child is telling you that they want to live with you, how is that coming about?

- Are you probing the child or is the child just bringing this up spontaneously?
- Has the child expressed this wish to anyone else besides you?

You may be wondering how a court is going to know what your child wants? Is the court going to make my child get on the stand and testify? My answer is probably not. What I have seen is:

- Judges interviewing & talking to the child in chambers
- Letters that a child wrote and gave to the parent

What I see most frequently is a child being interviewed by a neutral third party usually some sort of mental health professional that is appointed by the court

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Mothers Rights vs Fathers Rights in Child Custody Case

When it comes to deciding custody of a child there's a belief by some fathers that we live in a mothers rights world.*

Judges attitudes are becoming more progressive and what judges are now looking at is what is in the best interest of the children.

So if you are a mother who is fighting for custody of your child don’t get too overconfident and assume that since you are the mom the judge will award your custody or parenting time because that is not the case.

And if you are a father don’t automatically get discouraged and despair that since you are the father that you will not get custody or parenting time because that is not the case either.

Both mother and father still have to prove their case to the judge.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Getting A Divorce With Kids: What Parents Need To Know

Going through a divorce and worried about the impact it will have on your kids? Parents play an important role in how a child copes with divorce. Dr. Dehra Harris offers her suggestions for managing the impact of divorce on kids. Divorce is stressful, but it doesn’t have to be traumatic. When navigating a divorce, prioritize open and honest communication to help make children feel as comfortable as possible.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Workman's Comp : How Does Workman's Comp Work?

Workman's comp insurance works by paying for some percentage of lost earnings and unlimited medical care through an authorized health care provider. Do not allow the statute of limitations to run out before filing a workman's comp claim and consider information from a lawyer in this free video on workers' comp.