Are you going through a divorce? Do you have questions and concerns about raising your child or children in the future? Are you worried about keeping things in order in regard to parenting time?
Going through a divorce impacts just about every aspect of your life. You may miss work to attend court. Your relationship with your children or extended family may change. Your financial situation and even your living situation may be in flux. There are so many details to attend to that it's all too easy to overlook some of the most important considerations during and after your divorce.
Parents make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes cost them their legal rights as a parent. Drug addiction or alcohol dependence could be enough of a reason for the courts to remove your children from your custody. Sometimes, mere accusations of abuse or violence in the home can result in investigation by the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
If you're required by law to pay child support, you know how important it is to stay current with your payments. You need to pay in full and on time every month, without fail. If you slip behind, it will eventually lead to trouble, not to mention the many ways that it can negatively impact your child.
No one ever said that the decision to separate from your spouse would be an easy one. In fact, even the victims of abuse often have a hard time making the difficult choice to end their marriages.
You and your spouse are in your 50s. The kids have moved out of the house; one even moved out of the state. You own your home outright, so there's no mortgage. You paid off all of your other debt, from student loans to car loans.