With divorce rates being relatively high in Massachusetts and the United States in general, blended families resulting from remarriage are becoming the new norm. Being a stepparent is not always the easiest of things. It takes time to build a relationship with one's stepchildren and not having any legal claim to those children can make certain situations complicated -- such as when dealing with a medical emergency or handling problems that may arise at school, among a number of other issues that commonly come up when raising kids. Stepparent adoption can help bring a blended family closer together and give stepparents the legal rights they need to manage problems that come up with their spouses' children.
Numerous adults in Massachusetts suffer from mental illness. Such issues range in severity from minor depression to a total loss of reality. When a person's mental state limits his or her ability to care for him or herself, there is a need to question if he or she has the ability to care for his or her own children. This issue may be brought up during the divorce process if one spouse believes the other spouse's mental health status should affect the final child custody arrangement.
The new year is just about here. How are your parenting plans looking? Will they continue to work as is or do you think changes are needed? If you think a child custody modification would serve your family's best interests, now is a good time for parents in Massachusetts to start the modification process.
Nationally, there is a movement to offer mothers and fathers equal access to their children when the couple's relationship fails. This movement is not new, so one would think that more fathers would feel that they are being treated equally in the eyes of the law. Unfortunately, according to a recent report, many fathers do not feel this way. When it comes to child custody, are fathers in Massachusetts and elsewhere still getting the short end of the stick?
While many custody issues can be resolved privately, there are some parents in Massachusetts who end up needing the courts to decide with whom their children will live and how parenting plans will be set up. If this happens, it is okay. Parents can get through this and even walk away with the child custody agreement they were hoping for if they approach the situation just right.
The state of Massachusetts understands that, when going through a divorce with children involved, figuring out custody can be difficult. The state offers four different types of child custody arrangements so that parents can reach custody terms that are the right fit for their families. What are those four options?
When children are young, they may not think too much about which parent they live with when their parents get divorced. As they get older, they may start to express their opinions on the matter. In Massachusetts, does a child's wishes regarding child custody matter to the court?
Following divorce or separation, not all parents achieve the level of child custody that they would like. Some parents in Massachusetts are only granted visitation time, even though the national trend is toward shared parenting -- meaning as close to equal parenting time as circumstances warrant. Nevertheless, that goal doesn't fit every family profile. When a parent is limited to visitation time, what might a visitation a schedule look like?
Parents in Massachusetts and elsewhere who are going through the divorce process may find figuring out what to do with the children harder than they expected. Child custody plans can help or hurt parental-child bonds. A prime example of this would be the Jolie-Pitt divorce case.
Massachusetts couples choose to end their marriages, partnerships, relationships or unions all the time. When children are involved, reaching agreeable child custody terms can be a bit of a challenge. When it is, some people may believe that the only way to resolve custody issues is by going to court. The truth is, that may not be necessary.