Dealing with “bad apples”….Evidence of neglect, abuse, criminal convictions and subtance abuse can prove your opponent’s unfitness.

Posted August 31st, 2016 by .

Categories: Custody Tips, Family Law.

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Most courts endeavor to grant joint custody — at least in most cases. The prevailing wisdom has been that children deserve to have relationships with both parents, and they will benefit emotionally, psychologically, socially and intellectually from having two parents in their lives. Some cases, however, involve a “bad apple” — a parent who does […]

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Specify the child’s school in the custody agreement or court order

Posted August 30th, 2016 by .

Categories: Custody Tips, Family Law.

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To improve your claim to primary custody, be sure to specify the name of your child’s school in any custody agreement or mediation settlement you sign. If the court will be entering a custody order, ask the judge to identify the specific school the child will be attending as part of the order. This additional […]

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Ten questions to ask to save yourself money in a custody fight

Posted August 29th, 2016 by .

Categories: Custody Tips, Family Law.

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Before you retain an attorney to wage a custody fight, you should ask a series of questions that will help you manage your costs. Contested child custody cases have the potential to be the most expensive kinds of family law cases, and often attorneys are not very clear about the potential fees and costs. Here […]

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Top 10 Automobile-Related Signs That Your Spouse is Cheating

Posted August 27th, 2016 by .

Categories: Divorce, Family Law.

1. NEEDING GAS MORE OFTEN. The primary driver of the vehicle seems to be pumping gas much more often than usual because he or she is running out of gas (or consuming gas) much faster. 2. ODOMETER HAS JUMPED FORWARD. The amount of mileage on the car has suddenly increased significantly in a short period […]

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Prepare to Prove Your Stability

Posted August 27th, 2016 by .

Categories: Custody Tips, Family Law.

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Judges in Family Court prefer parents who demonstrate a history of stability — not just in their thinking and speaking, but in their actions over time. As such, you can improve your position in a child custody case by preparing to prove your stability. (Conversely, you may score points by proving the other parent’s instability). […]

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Top 10 “Physical Evidence” That Your Spouse is Cheating

Posted August 26th, 2016 by .

Categories: Divorce, Family Law.

1. CREDIT CARD RECEIPTS. Perhaps the most notorious evidence are credit card statements and receipts revealing dinners, taxis, travel, flowers, gifts, or purchases that did not involve the other spouse. 2. BANK STATEMENTS. Monthly statements from banks provide detailed accounting of purchases on bank-issued debit and credit cards. Unusual withdrawals or changes in bank balances […]

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Avoid unsupervised gaps in child’s schedule

Posted August 26th, 2016 by .

Categories: Custody Tips, Family Law.

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One of the loose ends that often explodes into a controversial issue in Family Court is when a young child is being left alone for a period of time because of his parents’ work schedule or other obligations. Consider, for example, the case in which the children are delivered home by the school bus at […]

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Top 10 Cell Phone Signs of a Cheating Spouse

Posted August 25th, 2016 by .

Categories: Divorce, Family Law.

1. SECRET CELL PHONE PURCHASE. When your spouse buys a new cell phone unnecessarily or without telling you about it. 2. SUDDENLY HIGHLY POSSESSIVE. When your spouse becomes suddenly highly possessive of his or her phone and won’t let anybody else use it, touch it, hold it or answer it. When they seem very much […]

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Seven Ways to Snag a Deadbeat Parent Who Won’t Pay Support for a Child

Posted August 25th, 2016 by .

Categories: Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law.

When a deadbeat dad or a deadbeat mom refuses to pay child support, it’s typical for the other parent to file a motion in court asking the judge to enforce the support order. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t work. But there are actually at least 7 different get-tough maneuvers available to parents who are […]

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Don’t become the “fun parent”

Posted August 25th, 2016 by .

Categories: Custody Tips, Family Law.

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When parents split up, the primary custodial parent usually assumes the role of disciplinarian, schedule manager, and chief enforcer. In many cases, children look to the custodial parent (often their mother) for structure, rules, and deadlines. The non-custodial parent (often the father) becomes the counterpart: the easy-going, carefree, “fun parent” with no boundaries. When kids […]

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