Child custody and visitation cases have a reputation for causing drama and contention. In an age where the stereotypical family model of a two-parent household is hardly the norm anymore, there may be a number of adult figures that have an interest in contributing to a child’s wellbeing.
Nobody begins a relationship expecting it to end in divorce. Unfortunately, even when both people in a marriage have good intentions, relationships do not always work out. As adults we understand the compatibility issues, financial troubles, and disagreements that may ultimately lead a couple to divorce, but a child is usually left wondering what happened to their parents.
The children’s wishes influence a court’s decisions; however those wishes do not determine the decision. In this case, the court followed the son’s wishes to not visit his father but not the daughter’s wishes, instead forcing her to visit the father.
Although New York’s courts are not eager to strip custody rights from a parent, they have an obligation to ensure the safety and well-being of children. If you and your co-parent have a set custody arrangement you are likely already aware of the behaviors that will result in loss of custody.
Unfortunately, relationships do not always work out. When a couple decides to end their relationship, complications may arise – especially when there are children involved.
The mother claimed the father had been abusive toward her during the time the parties were living together. However the mother did not seek medical or police intervention for the alleged domestic violence.
There are many circumstances when a judge may permit you to serve your spouse divorce papers via social media. Perhaps you and your spouse separated months, or even years ago; or, maybe they disappeared suddenly without any explanation.