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Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
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‘Men’ Archives

Virtual Visitation – Changing The Shape of Visitation

I was originally going to title this article "Technology and Parenting" but I realized that was a whole different subject entirely.  I want to focus primarily on visitation because I get a great deal of emails from parents who are afraid they are going to "lose" their children if they don't get custody or if the other parent moves away with the [...]

Drafting a Parenting Plan

I have always thought parents should create a parenting plan first before they get involved with their divorce.  It prevents either parent from using the children as bargaining chips.  Many a judge would be thrilled to see a parenting plan filed with the divorce paperwork.  Contrary to belief, judges don’t really like making these life [...]

Alone For The Holidays

Being a divorced/separated parent usually means you will end up spending the holidays without your children sometimes. For some parents this is a blessing and for others it is a curse. If it is a curse, I could tell you it gets easier over time but for some parents it never gets easy. There are some things you can do that might make [...]

Child Support: Getting It Paid

You have been ordered to pay child support for your children but how do you go about paying it.  There are serious ramifications for missing child support payments so making sure it gets paid is very important.  Not only does it affect your children but it will directly affect you as well. We have all heard the term “deadbeat [...]

Using Children to Control the Other Parent – Wrong!

Using Children to Control the Other Parent – Wrong!

You won't see me often writing about the celebrity lifestyle or the personal lives of celebrities because I just don't relate.  I don't have the fame, money or lifestyle to be able to compare or even opine if what they are doing is right or wrong. However, that being said, I will comment on the Tiger Woods divorce settlement because divorce and [...]

Florida Dept. of Revenue

Florida Dept. of Revenue

Today I am going to do something that I have tried to avoid but I just can no longer. I am going to vent here about the illustrious Florida Department of Revenue. I have dealt with them for years in one way or another and they always manage to get me all riled up. You would think I would learn to just take it and let it go but {sigh} once again [...]

When Your Child Wants to Live With the Other Parent

It’s a shock to hear but as parents we have to cope when this occurs.  It may never occur but the reality is, it does occur.  It can be a very difficult thing to hear but how you respond is what really matters.  The best advice I can offer comes from my own experience.  When my oldest son turned 12 he told me he [...]

Technology and Custody Disputes

These days technology is all around us.  That is an important thing to remember during a custody dispute.  Emails, voice mails, online chat messages (eg yahoo, msn, skype) and video are all being used in courts as evidence. Should you keep these communications?  Definitely!!! The courts are catching up with the technology [...]

Custody

One of the first decisions you will make in regards to your children will be custody.  Custody isn’t about physical access to the children.  Custody mainly pertains to who makes the legal decisions about the children’s life. Custody is not only reserved for the parents of children.  The parents or the courts can [...]

Child Support and Visitation

Child support and visitation are not dependent on each other. In other words, what happens with your visitation doesn’t affect your child support. Now that being said, there is one exception in most states, and that is overnight visits. If overnight visits exceed a certain number of days per month then child support is adjusted. There are [...]

What To Do If the Other Parent Doesn’t Show

There are many cases where even the best parenting agreement can’t work. If both parents aren’t committed then even the best plan fails. There are some things that you can do to help facilitate visits. Although you may welcome not having the other parent show up; your kids don’t. You should always strive to ensure your child gets [...]

Dealing With Emotional Effects of Visitation

There is no one right way to handle how you will feel. It would be lovely if there was but life just isn’t that simple. We have a complex range of emotions in general then when you add how you feel about your children and how you feel about your ex to the mix it seems impossible at times. It is not impossible and there are ways to cope [...]

What To Do With A Sick Child

There are no guidelines for dealing with a sick child where visitation is concerned. So what do you do? Every situation is different. You can address it in your parenting agreement but if it isn’t addressed common sense will be your best guide. Having a general idea of what will happen when your child is sick will make it easy to deal [...]

Visitation is For Your Children, Not For You!

Visitation is for your children, not for you! Parents tend to forget that first and foremost visitation is not about them. Visitation is for the children. Too often parents use visitation as a tool to gain leverage in the divorce proceedings. After the divorce is final visitation is often then used by both sides to annoy and sometimes [...]

Visitation

Visitation: Where it all begins No parent thinks of visitation until the separation/divorce starts. Before you separate, you don’t even think about the amount of time you spend with your children. Once you start the separation/divorce process then it becomes an issue. I always thought child custody/visitation and divorce [...]

Shared Parenting

Shared parenting refers to an arrangement in child custody determinations in which the care of the children is equally or as equally as possible shared between the parents. There are three main categories involved in shared parenting: visitation, custody and child support. Understanding those three categories and the expectations and ways to [...]

Divorce

Divorce is a difficult subject. It is on of the most difficult times in a person's life even when it is amicable. Making it more difficult is having to understand what is happening and dealing with the logic and laws of it all while having to deal with the emotion of it all at the same time. In a perfect world, divorce would only be handled [...]