For parents in Connecticut and, indeed, anywhere in the U.S., child custody disputes can be painful to go through. It can be difficult for a parent to accept that they may not be able to spend as much time with their child as they might like. Child custody decisions are supposed to be in the best interests of the child. No matter how much a parent loves their child, their wishes can still come into conflict with what a court views to be best for the child.
The term “conscious uncoupling” has been all over the news lately thanks to the news of the divorce of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. At first blush, the lingo might seem like new age, Hollywood elite gibberish, but the idea behind it is a worthy one. Going through a divorce in Connecticut can be contentious as both parties hash out the details of child custody, property division and spousal support. Things can get bitter quickly and many cases end up in court when neither side can agree.
Connecticut parents who have gone through divorce or separation know the emotional toll that this can take on themselves and their children. A new child support app hopes to help homes run more like a business and take the sting out of the system. The subscription-based service provides an app for parents who may need an easier way to deal with the record-keeping and math involved in tracking child support payments. However, its ultimate goal is to become a toll for family financial management.
Connecticut parents may be interested in a recent case in Boston where child custody has been taken due to a disagreement in diagnosis. A couple whose children have been treated for a rare genetic disorder called mitochondrial disease took their 15 year-old daughter to Boston Children's Hospital for consultation with a gastroenterologist. Doctors at Children's disagreed with the diagnosis after she was admitted there, claiming she has a mental illness called somatoform disorder.
According to State Department data, approximately 7,000 children in the U.S. were taken abroad to another country by one parent between 2012 and 2008. When this happens, custody orders by U.S. courts can become impossible to enforce in other countries. While the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction exists to help resolve these disputes, some countries have not signed the treaty or don't abide by its rules. Some families in Connecticut involved in these struggles are well aware of the issues that international parental abduction raises.
Connecticut residents may be interested in new developments that may make it easier for American parents to regain custody of children who have been unlawfully taken to other countries by the other parent. According to the State Department, more than 7,000 children were taken to a foreign country by a parent between 2008 and 2012. Those children often leave behind parents who have few options when it comes to child custody or visitation.
In most cases, a dad in a contested divorce dispute is told by family law mediators that he will lose a majority of child custody rights and property division rights to mom, and he will also be expected to pay a hefty child support each month. This can lead to a feeling of hopelessness for divorcing fathers, but fortunately there is a remedy on the rise. Collaborative divorce and co-parenting are both holistic approaches to uncontested divorce that are gaining recognition in the mediation system as an alternative the gender-based process.
Baseball fans as well as Connecticut residents who are currently involved with divorce issues may be interested to learn about a family law case currently in the news. Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees is in the process of being sued for child support.
Chances are, most Connecticut residents who have recently gone through a divorce hold some ill will or negative feelings toward their ex. However, divorced couples who have children together should still try to have open lines of communication for the good of their children. While this can be difficult, there are ways to make a bad situation into a better one, according to the Huffington Post. The following tips may help a divorced couple with shared child custody communicate more effectively.
Most Connecticut parents want the best for their children. You put food on the table, clothes on their backs and give them the best education you can. Sometimes, however, you have to do something that will make your children uncomfortable or sad. As some parents know firsthand, deciding to divorce can be that thing.