Posted September 30th, 2016 by Mark S. Guralnick.
I don’t know why this is, but many parents involved in custody and visitation plans like to meet halfway between their homes for the dropoff or pickup of the children. They meet at convenience stores, shopping centers, rest stops on the highway and even police stations to deliver the children. Don’t do this! Midpoint dropoffs […]Read More
Posted September 29th, 2016 by Mark S. Guralnick.
One of the fatal flaws parents make in a custody case is to announce suddenly that they wish to relocate with the children to another state. A “For Sale” sign goes up in the front yard, and the non-custodial parent is caught off-guard. Within days, there’s an emergency motion in court, trying to prevent the […]Read More
Posted September 28th, 2016 by Mark S. Guralnick.
Tell me if you’ve experienced anything like this: A parent takes a child on an outing at a local amusement park. While there, the child falls and suffers a severe laceration of his leg. The child is rushed to the hospital, where the parent spends six hours with him, as emergency room physicians and orthopedists […]Read More
Once in awhile, a mother and a father find themselves unable to settle even the most routine custody and parenting time issues. Who will drive the children to recital? What time must they be turned over on Christmas Day? Where will Bobby spend his birthday? Why can’t Suzie spend Father’s Day with her Dad? Of […]Read More
Posted September 26th, 2016 by Mark S. Guralnick.
If I were to walk into your house, taking notes about my observations, what would I have to say about your children and about the way they are being raised? What information and inferences would I walk away with after an hour-long tour of your home? These are important questions to consider, especially if your […]Read More
Posted September 25th, 2016 by Mark S. Guralnick.
Too often, parents let their anger escape when they dispatch a nasty, visceral email or text message to their ex-husband or ex-wife, over a parenting issue. They snipe at each other on line: “I would prefer if you wouldn’t have that so-called girlfriend with you next time you pick up the kids.” “Why don’t you spend […]Read More
Posted September 24th, 2016 by Mark S. Guralnick.
If you’re still marking up your calendar the old-fashioned way with custody and visitation dates, wake up. Times have changed! It’s time to come out of the dark ages and start using an online custody calendar program. Not every family will benefit from such a program, but many families can use online calendar and visitation […]Read More
Don’t move out too soon. It’s harder to fight for custody and visitation after you’ve left the house.
Posted September 23rd, 2016 by Mark S. Guralnick.
Here’s a typical sequence of events: The marriage explodes in a final showdown. Father moves out. Mother stays behind in the marital home with the two children. When things settle down a week later, the parties exchange some emails and phone calls. Father wants to see the kids; Mother wants to see some financial support. […]Read More
Posted September 22nd, 2016 by Mark S. Guralnick.
If your child custody case could benefit from the services of a private investigator, think about hiring a social worker instead. A licensed social worker can often double as a private eye while bringing valuable interviewing and observational skills to the task. Social workers usually do not charge unreasonable fees. While they don’t have the […]Read More
Posted September 21st, 2016 by Mark S. Guralnick.
Many divorces and custody cases these days are driven by alcohol and substance abuse issues. If your relationship has been defined or destroyed by excessive drinking or drug usage, then it will undoubtedly affect the nature of your child custody and parenting time case. Often, a parent’s substance abuse is so severe that he or […]Read More