The only person who has a relationship with your child that comes anywhere near your own may be your child's teacher. They spend all day together, five days a week, and the power and authority dynamics can be similar.
After your divorce, you and your ex plan to share custody of the children. You are well aware that means you will not see them as often as you used to. They may spend every other week with your ex. You may see them just over the weekends. It depends on the specifics of your schedule, but the fact of the matter is that you have less time together.
When you think of children being abducted, odds are that you think of news reports about strangers luring them into vehicles and kidnapping them. While this certainly does happen, do not assume that's the only way it occurs. A lot of abductions are actually carried out by family members, specifically the parents of children after a divorce.
In an ideal world, child custody should never be a battle at all. It should be two people working together to figure out how they can both stay involved with their children and share the responsibility of raising them.
In the days of Humphrey Bogart and Fred Astaire, if a parent didn't have physical child custody, periodic visits were possible, but aside from old-fashioned phone conversations, the parent didn't get to interact with his or her child more than that.
To avoid conflict and make sure they're on the same page in terms of co-parenting issues, many divorcing parents will include a variety of "parenting provisions" in their child custody arrangements. These provisions are statements that the parents agree to within their child custody agreements, and the parents must abide by them or face legal consequences.
Many Connecticut parents agree to joint custody arrangements for their children. Often, these custody agreements involve the children living half the time with Parent A and half the time with Parent B. It's a good way for the kids spend the maximum time with both parents. In addition, joint custody provides some relief to the parents, giving both parents a break from their responsibilities each week.
Not all parents are lucky enough to live in the same state as their children. These so-called "long-distance parents" will struggle to maintain a constant sense of connection with their kids via social media, video chats, text messages and regular phone conversations. These parents will also want to include in their parenting plans a way that they can spend extended periods of time -- usually during school summer vacations -- with their children each year.
An international child custody dispute is one of the most complicated. Interestingly, the number of international marriages is increasing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
If a parent interferes with another's custody rights, they can be held responsible. In some cases, parental kidnapping charges are filed, threatening the parent's right to see the child at all or without supervision.