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December 2011 Archives

Child custody agreements start to include religion

Most parents want what's best for their children; however, each parent might have a different idea on what's best. During a divorce, child custody agreements tend to include things like whose house the children will spend certain holidays at, and what school they will attend. What about divorcing parents who have different belief and religions?

How to increase visitation with your children around the holidays

The holidays are upon us. They always carry traditions that we like to see carried out each year. We visit with family and eat way too much food. Sometimes we even eat multiple meals involving large amounts of turkey and gravy in the same day. Trying to find time to see everyone around the holidays almost requires scheduling everyone into your Smartphone. For divorced families, the task gets even more complicated.

Divorced dads taking an ever-increasing active role with kids

In Missouri and throughout the United States, a family with a married mother and father who live together is becoming increasingly less common. When parents divorce, many people assume that the children will be raised primarily by their mothers, with only visits or secondary involvement from the fathers. But statistics and recent trends show that this is not necessarily true.

Gag order agreed to in baby Lisa's half-brother's custody case

While the search for missing Missouri infant Lisa Irwin continues, child custody issues involving her half-brother--whose father is also the father of the missing child--are making their way into the headlines. Those involved in the case planned to agree to a gag order in order to keep details of the case out of the media. However, some of the contentious parts of the issue have already spilled out.

Grandparents' child visitation rights in the spotlight

Child custody issues in the midst of, or after, a divorce can be thorny. When parents cannot agree on the terms of their separation, the children can be caught in the middle. But they are not the only ones affected by the parents' actions. Increasingly, grandparents are injecting themselves into the conversation to make sure that their grandchildren are still accessible to them.

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