If you have children and you're in the midst of a divorce, you know that child custody can be one of the more contentious aspects between soon-to-be-ex-spouses. You've also likely heard the phrase "best interest of the child." Best interest refers to cases involving the determination of child custody and the factors a court will consider to reach the most positive outcome for the children involved.
A divorce can significantly change your life, and it continues to change afterwards. Change looks different for everyone, whether it means a promotion, a new job, a new house or even a new marriage.
It is not uncommon for lesbian, gay, bi and transgender people to come out later in life. This may come at the end of, or lead to the end of, a straight marriage or relationship. When that relationship has produced a child, there will be a child custody case that will set the stage for each parent's role in the child's life going forward.
In a child custody dispute, it is only natural to want to protect your relationship with your child. You want to ensure that you have as much time as possible with your child going forward. You may even want to have sole custody and not allow the other parent to spend any time with your child. However, this is very rarely allowed in Colorado.
When a child is born to an unmarried couple, or when parents get a divorce or separate, child support is likely to become an issue.
Divorce comes with many emotional and unique issues. Some of those issues are so unique that there are no clear laws in place to determine the outcome.
Families come in all shapes and sizes. Not all families fit the one mother/one father mold. When those families go through a divorce, child custody arrangements need to be designed accordingly. Sometimes that means breaking new ground.
Instead of getting a divorce, some couples choose to redefine marriage. A parenting marriage is the term used for a marriage in which spouses whose romantic relationship has ended stay married for the sake of the children. For parents, this may be an option worth considering. However, it might not make sense in every situation.
A recent case illustrates how easily a child custody dispute can get out of hand and escalate into a criminal matter, making an already complex and stressful situation even more so. According to an article from WPXI News, a Pennsylvania man was charged with child endangerment for driving too close to his ex and disorderly conduct for giving her the middle finger in the midst of a child custody case.
There is no question that divorce is tough on everybody involved. However, more and more divorcing and divorced parents are getting creative in order to make the transition as easy as possible for the children, even if it means creating an additional burden for themselves. One recent trend is referred to as nesting.