The state house of representatives in South Dakota have passed bill that will require divorce court judges to start from the assumption that physical custody will be shared equally between mothers and fathers. While the shared custody bill still has to make it through the state senate and be signed by the governor, fathers' rights groups are lauding the bill's passage in the state house. Proponents say it will help bring South Dakota into line with family law in other states and give fathers greater access to their children.
While the issues that bring relationships to a close may be eternal, the process of getting a divorce does change, somewhat, over time. Fundamental changes to divorce law are rare, but we do see changes in the process of how the parties come to resolve the fundamental issues of divorce and post-divorce parenting.
Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry, the father of her daughter, appear to have ended their child custody dispute. Celebrity gossip website RadarOnline reports that Aubry filed a motion yesterday to withdraw his fathers' rights lawsuit against Berry and dismiss his request for child support.
In the first part of this two-part series, we discussed a recent article by a New York family mediator calling attention to the acrimonious child custody dispute between Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry, the father of her two-year-old daughter. Many people have been surprised by the acrimony of that dispute, which has included allegations of poor parenting by both sides and which forced Berry into abandoning her latest film project so she could devote all her energies to the litigation.
Many people have been shocked by the acrimony in the recent child custody dispute between Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry and her ex-boyfriend, Canadian model and restaurateur Gabriel Aubry. The pair share a two-year-old daughter. Berry has made veiled accusations that the child is not safe in the care of her father, while Aubry has indicated that Berry is a part-time parent.
Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry is becoming increasingly embroiled in an acrimonious child custody dispute with her ex-boyfriend, Canadian model and restaurateur Gabriel Aubry, the father of the couple's two-year-old daughter.
Shared parenting brings up a lot of issues. Even happily married parents don't always disagree on how to raise their children, and it can get even harder after a divorce. Among the many decisions that parent with joint custody need to make together is what religion to raise their children in, and that issue can be contentious, as a recent child custody dispute shows.
An unusually candid discussion among a divorced couple presented on the website BonusFamilies.com illuminates an extremely common problem in shared parenting: The secret battle many divorced parents fight for their kids' affection. In the worst cases, it may lead to something called Parental Alienation Syndrome, which is when one parent systematically tears down the other in front of the kids in an attempt to utterly destroy their relationship with the other parent.
When marital discord hits a family, the entire household feels the pressure. A Georgia family law attorney will see many instances when emotions run high during a divorce. After the marriage has ended, the former household becomes two households. Divorced parents have to navigate through new child custody and visitation arrangements, and shared parenting can be challenging. Fathers are irreplaceable for kids. The Georgia Department of Human Services encourages fathers to play an active role in the lives of their children. The state agency offers tips to fathers on how to remain a good father after a break-up or divorce.
When we remember those great holiday times we had as children, we're usually thinking of fun family games, the thrill of presents, the delicious family recipes -- whatever was unique and special about our family traditions.