Keep tabs on cancellations; they may provide powerful ammunition in custody court

Posted October 21st, 2016.

Categories: Child Custody, Custody Tips, Family Law.

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Are your children often dejected and dismayed because the other parent continuously misses scheduled visitations? Are you dealing with an absentee father or a missing mother? If your situation involves a parent who gets a joint custody or visitation order and then ignores his or her own rights, then you need to maintain very careful […]

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Don’t coach your child in preparation for the interview by the judge

Posted October 20th, 2016.

Categories: Child Custody, Custody Tips, Family Law.

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Here’s a funny story. Or maybe it’s no so funny. We were representing a father who wanted custody of his daughters. The mother adamantly objected to a change in custody. For a year, the children had been shuttling back and forth between the parents’ homes, and it was time to pick a primary residence in […]

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Getting a dog or a cat could take a bite out of your adversary’s custody case

Posted October 19th, 2016.

Categories: Child Custody, Custody Tips, Family Law.

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Do you have a dog at home? A cat? And how do your kids relate to these lovable pets? Judges don’t like to take children away from their pets. Having a pet as part of the family can help your claim for custody on many levels: First, it paints the picture of a full family, […]

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Make sure your children’s ID cards match your address

Posted October 18th, 2016.

Categories: Child Custody, Custody Tips, Family Law.

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It sounds like a routine administrative task, but it could have important consequences in a custody case: Make sure your children’s identification cards and registration records reflect your home address. Especially where the child has been moving between one parent and another, or where the family has moved recently as a whole, it is important […]

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Share your court orders with school officials and camp counselors.

Posted October 17th, 2016.

Categories: Child Custody, Custody Tips, Family Law.

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A court order is more powerful if you put it in the hands of teachers, coaches and camp counselors. Not every custody order needs to be passed around, but it may be a good idea – depending on the nature of your case – to circulate copies of your court orders among the authorities and […]

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Be kind to mother nature, and she’ll let you keep your kids.

Posted October 16th, 2016.

Categories: Child Custody, Custody Tips, Family Law.

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We live at a time when the world is very concerned about environmental health and safety. Every day, we read about oil spills, global warming, nuclear energy, endangered species and pandemics. Because these are such pressing issues, they are also well-known to the courts. They should also be known to your children as well. Kids […]

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Design a social flowchart for each of your children.

Posted October 15th, 2016.

Categories: Child Custody, Custody Tips, Family Law.

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Quick, in two minutes, can you name each of your children’s friends and schoolmates, their parents’ names, and each of the activities through which the friendships were forged? If not, you should draw a social flowchart. A social flowchart is essentially a family tree for friends. It connects your child to each of his friends, […]

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Why join the Y? Score a few points by signing your kids up for the Y, the Little League or the Scout Troop.

Posted October 14th, 2016.

Categories: Child Custody, Custody Tips, Family Law.

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What organizations do your children belong to, outside of school? If your community sponsors its own recreational programs, think about signing up. If not, think about signing up for programs at the local YMCA or sister organizations. The same goes for joining the Little League or the locally sponsored Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts […]

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Don’t let children use Facebook as a platform for venting or gossiping about the family.

Posted October 13th, 2016.

Categories: Child Custody, Custody Tips, Family Law.

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It should come as no surprise to anyone these days, but careless comments on Facebook can get you in trouble. The same goes for your kids who may be using social media sites to vent about their frustrations with parents or to gossip about family members. There’s no practical way to kick your kids off […]

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Don’t send your child to your ex looking like Oliver Twist.

Posted October 12th, 2016.

Categories: Child Custody, Custody Tips, Family Law.

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Here’s a story that I hear at least five times a year: “My ex-wife dropped the kids off to spend the weekend with me, and they were dressed in tattered jeans and raggedy shirts, and they looked like a pair of poor orphans.” Or, “my carefree ex-husband returned the kids in ripped pants and stained […]

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