Rose F. Roselli January 6, 2022 Parenting
Millions of Americans have grown up in households with a step-parent. Whether a stepmother or stepfather, it is not uncommon for children to become just as attached to a step-parent as to the corresponding biological parent. In some cases children may only barely know that biological parent. Despite such a close bond, if the child`s parent and step-parent divorce, it can be difficult for the step-parent to gain legal visitation or custody rights.
For many divorcing parents, a family court will recommend mediation services to work out issues concerning a parenting plan and visitation schedule. In some states, mediation is mandatory. Whether private mediation or through the court, mediation is an excellent way for you and the other parent to work together to create a parenting plan for your children.
The parents should also consider the nature and temperament of their children. If a child is very close to one parent and wants to live with that parent, the child may need to move with that parent. Sometimes that is for the best. Depending on the age of the children, the parents can get input about what the children would like to happen. They can set up different arrangements for each of their children if that is necessary. The parents should listen to their children, but in the end they should act in the best way they see fit.
Usually, parents request modifications to the parenting plan when there is a significant change to the children`s lives or the parent`s lives. Whether it is a change to the basic custody schedule or a topic in the parenting plan, almost every part of the plan is open to revisions, as long as you can show the court that the changes benefit your children.
Apparently, this is a common problem. It is becoming more and more common with hard economic times where grandparents are going to live with their offspring, or their kids are coming home to live with them, and bringing their kids. In past periods families have lived like this, but it is not common today here the United States, at least not as common as it has been throughout the world, as kids can learn a lot from grandparents, there is much wisdom to depart, even if it does take a toll on the grandparents.
In some cases, the non-custodial parent will refuse to return the children because they fear for the child. In this case, the non-custodial parent must file a petition within 96 hours to prove his or her case or else be charged with kidnapping. If the child has not been returned by the non custodial parent, a police report must be filed immediately. The Federal Bureau of Investigation usually assists in parental abductions since many of the involve taking children across state lines. Finally, anyone who has been granted visitation must abide by the court order. If not, he or she will face contempt charges. While jail sentences only happen in rare cases, a judge could order jail time for a parent that violates the order.
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