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Fathers' rights topic: The double standards around child support

21668852_S.jpgConsider the following two scenarios about a former couple who shares child custody. In the first scenario, the child's father earns vastly more money than the mother. As such, he pays thousands of dollars in child support each month. He then petitions the court for a reduction in child support, alleging that the child's mother is basically refusing to find work.

Now, consider the exact same scenario with the parents' genders reversed. If the child's mother is the "breadwinner" and the father is the parent who allegedly refuses to get a job, does this change how you view the situation? For many people, it absolutely does.

Court says: Facebook not appropriate for delivering paternity news

Thumbnail image for 9628784_S.jpgIn the age of social media and cellphone technology, it is more important than ever to choose an appropriate way to communicate certain information. If you are going to break up with a long-term partner, for instance, most people believe it should only be done in person - no texting, no emailing and no phone calls.

Communicating too casually for the news being delivered is a social faux pas, but it can also create legal snags in certain circumstances. In a recent case that some consider a victory for the cause of fathers' rights, a state Supreme Court overturned lower court rulings to terminate a man's parental rights. The Court found that the Facebook message he received notifying him that he was going to father a child was insufficient notice and violated his constitutional rights.

Should children have free access to both parents after divorce?

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What is the best outcome for children when their parents get divorced? This is a question that has been debated vigorously for at least a half-century. Early on, the assumption was that children needed to be raised by their mothers, particularly during their very early years. For better or worse, that model largely continues today, although it is now more common than in the past for fathers to be granted primary or sole custody.

Increasingly, courts are trying to keep both parents involved in their children's lives after divorce whenever possible. But how does this work out practically? And should we be letting kids decide when and how much they want to see each parent?

Study says 'put a ring on it,' but not an overly expensive one

9725694_S.jpgThere seems to be a general consensus among most Americans that the wedding industry has become overgrown and wedding culture is often out of control. At the same time, many reality TV viewers have a morbid fascination with ostentatious weddings and the "bridezillas" who insist on having nothing but the best for their big day.

According to the results of a recent study, spending a lot on your wedding and your engagement ring does not guarantee a long and successful marriage. In fact, it seems to correlate with a higher likelihood of divorce.

A closer look at domestic violence and its consequences: Part II

16522847_S.jpgEarlier this week, we began discussing common misconceptions about domestic violence. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this issue is important in family law. It is not always easy to discuss, but silence generally only leads to more violence.

Our first post focused on the myth that domestic violence is solely a women's issue. In reality, it affects men and children as well. Domestic violence is a family issue. In today's post, we'll discuss problems that can occur when one abuse survivor starts comparing his or her story with others.

A closer look at domestic violence and its consequences: Part I

4944646_S.jpgOctober is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We recently wrote about the issue of domestic violence as it related to professional football players. The NFL has received significant criticism for failing to properly punish players who have been criminally charged with domestic violence against their wives, girlfriends and children.

Because October is a time to really dig into this topic, this week's posts will be focused on expanding public awareness about domestic violence by addressing some common misconceptions. The first is the myth that domestic violence is solely a women's issue.

Don't let your midlife divorce become a midlife crisis: Part II

27476629_S.jpgEarlier this week, we began a discussion about how divorcing in midlife is different than getting divorced when you are young. Because midlife divorce is unique, it comes with its own unique rules and its own pitfalls. These include being especially careful about how you use social media and making sure to keep your adult children out of the fray as much as possible.

If you're getting a divorce in your 40s or later, you probably have a well-established support system of family and friends. Feel free to rely on them for comfort and support, but also remember that they have their limits. If you need more attention and support than your loved ones can give (and many divorcees do), it may be a good idea to begin seeing a therapist or counselor.

Don't let your midlife divorce become a midlife crisis: Part I

13241618_S.jpgDivorce at any age is difficult, and the primary challenges of divorce depend somewhat on how old you are and what stage of life you are in. Getting divorced when you are young can be difficult because you may not be very well established financially. Divorcing when you have young children at home also adds the pressures of a child custody battle.

But getting divorced in midlife or later can also be challenging in different ways. In this week's posts, we'll discuss some behaviors to avoid as you contemplate getting divorced in midlife.

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