Don’t Forget the Kids!

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In divorces, children are often fought over and fought about.  Sometimes there are responsible parents and often one or both parents are not responsible.  As a reminder for parents going through divorces, or starting to think about going through a divorce, here are some of the major concerns that children may experience when their parents are divorcing. You need to …

It’s Not Too Early to Plan for the Holidays!

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Even though Thanksgiving and the holiday season seem a long ways off, you could make things a lot easier for yourself and your kids if you start thinking and planning for the end of the year now.  If there’s any travel involved, you need to be getting tickets or arranging time off or taking care of various other details.  You …

Using Technology to Stay in Contact*

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*A soon-to-be-obsolete checklist of new tools that you can use to stay in touch with your kids and other family member. (Please help by sending your comments with new ideas!) When families split up, there’s always a challenge in staying in contact with each other. Mostly, this is an issue for parents, grandparents and children, but it can also come …

Tips for Avoiding Holiday Explosions

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Traditionally, holidays present an opportunity for family fun and relaxation or for conflict. Families tend to create their own hierarchy of preferred holidays. Work and vacation schedules have a major influence on whether certain holidays are important or not for a family. Once there is a divorce or a court order to manage child possession schedules, conflicts sometimes surface. Court …

When Can a Child Decide Where to Live?

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One of the most frequent searches on the Internet on family law issues is the question: “At what age can the child decide where he/she will live?” As the Oregon Divorce Blog recently stated, that’s a trick question. The answer is that the child can decide at age 18. When the child legally becomes an adult, the court no longer …

7 Ways to Wreck Your Kids’ Holidays

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Even with the bad economy, there’s plenty to celebrate and enjoy this time of the year. But sometimes people are just miserable because of holiday stress and family issues. If you have children, this can be a great time of the year. If you have children and are divorced, this might still be a great time or it can be …

What if the Other Parent is Irresponsible?

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I recently saw a report in the American Bar Journal online about a Georgia court case where the issue was whether a father could allow his children to be around his gay and lesbian friends. Apparently, the divorce trial court had issued a ruling preventing the father from letting gay and lesbian friends be around his kids. Apparently, there was …

Toward a Better Father’s Day

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Too often, parents get into competitions over the kids, and that’s usually not a good thing. If you want to be well-remembered as a parent, maybe you should consider treating the other parent nicer and doing what you can to encourage a close parent-child relationship with both parents.1. Enable and encourage the kids to have regular contact with the other …

Children’s Extracurricular Activities: Appropriate Or Excessive?

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I just ran across the following post by Robert L. Mues of the Ohio Family Law Blog. For me, because of a case I am involved in, it is a very timely post. I believe a number of parents (and children) can benefit by considering the issues Robert raised. Extracurricular activities sometimes become points of contention during and after divorces, …

Can My 12-Year-Old Decide to Live with Me?

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No. One of the most common mis-perceptions about Texas law is that once a child turns 12, he or she can decide where he or she will live, meaning the child can decide who has custody.I would ask all parents out there to think about how many major decisions a 12-year-old gets to make alone and have the decisions bind …