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Tips for men struggling with child custody issues

It is widely believed that men do not share the same emotional needs as women, and that husbands and fathers do not go through the same level of stress as wives and mothers with regard to divorce and child custody struggles. This, however, is a rather unenlightened view of the truth, which is that individuals all process stress differently, and with little influence from their gender. Men in Connecticut often have difficulty adjusting to a child custody case, and have little access to the same level of resources made available to many women.

Transgender parents can face serious child custody woes

The law is slow to catch up to social change; this is true today and has been true throughout history. Often, society is able to adapt to changes in social structures long before Connecticut courts are prepared or equipped to address thorny issues. Matters of divorce and child custody provide an excellent example of this phenomenon, and the dangers faced by those parents who are at the forefront of social change.

Parents lose legal custody after mother flees with child

When a young mother found out that Child Protective Services had been called over a claim that her infant child was being subjected to neglect, she made a very rash decision and fled the area with her baby. While this is never advisable, parents in Connecticut and across the nation can understand the panic and fear that comes with any threat to one's parental rights, especially when parents feel strongly that they have done nothing wrong. In addition, news reports across the nation highlight the many cases in which state CPS workers wrongfully remove children from their homes, which can sometimes leave fit and loving parents in lengthy and expensive fights to regain legal custody.

Does divorce and child custody require grief process for kids?

Parents in Connecticut who go through divorce have a different set of priorities than couples who do not have children. Often, the primary focus of divorcing parents is to make the child custody transition as easy as possible for their kids. One recently published article likens divorce to the death of a loved one, at least in the eyes of a child, and suggests that kids move through a grieving process as they come to terms with the shift within the family.

Graduation may mark the end of child custody stress

As graduation season approaches, many Connecticut families have a child who is preparing for this momentous occasion. This can be a hectic time, as students work to attain solid grades during their last few weeks of school and juggle the pressures of determining their next step in life. For those who have gone through their parents' divorce and child custody struggles, stress surrounding graduation day itself may also come into play, especially if the two sides of the family do not get along well. Understanding these factors and working to create a positive graduation experience is one of the most heartfelt gifts that parents can give to a child.

Actress loses recent child custody hearing

Many Connecticut readers are familiar with the hit television show "Gossip Girl." One of the actors from that show, Kelly Rutherford, has recently been dealt a terrible blow in her child custody fight with her former husband. The pair have been struggling in court for nearly six years over the care and custody of their two children, and in a recent action Rutherford asked that her children be returned to the United States and placed in her care.

Child custody dispute leads to arrest for kidnapping

Few matters are more emotionally charged than struggles over child custody. When two parents are unable to come to an agreement on how to share the joys and responsibilities of raising a shared child, things can get ugly very quickly. Such is the case for a West Coast mother who found herself arrested and charged with kidnapping after a child custody dispute escalated. The story serves as a warning to parents in Connecticut and across the nation of the importance of taking the proper steps when seeking changes to an existing child custody order.

Can kids benefit from a divorce?

If you are ambivalent about getting divorced because of your fears about what it may do to children, you are not alone. There is plenty of research and information on how kids may have a difficult time when their parents break up. But keep in mind, there is a great deal of information on how resilient kids are. One of the reasons why kids end up being okay is because the parents may do better in their own spaces.

How to deal with a difficult co-parent

In our last post, we noted how difficult it can be to co-parent who is set on making your life miserable. They will resort to dirty tricks, be cantankerous when it comes to modifying a schedule, and will undercut you at every turn. Despite these difficulties, you still have to be a parent, and there are ways to avoid losing control and doing things that could jeopardize your future parenting time (as well as your freedom).

Are you dealing with a difficult co-parent?

Getting divorced may be hard enough with an ex who is petulant, juvenile and vindictive. While you may no longer be married to this person, you still may have to co-parent with them, even though you may be awarded sole physical custody. The petty fights about paying registration fees for sports leagues, scheduling parent-teacher conferences and sharing information about medical procedures may still spark confrontations.

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