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Working your way through a custody dispute

If you and your marital partner are thinking about divorce, you may have a lot of concerns. For example, you could have anxiety over the division of marital property or you could be worried about paying or being able to receive spousal support. However, legal issues which involve children, especially child custody, can be particularly difficult to face. At Baker Billick, P.A., we know all too well how stressful these topics can be for parents in Mecklenburg, and all across the state of North Carolina.

What is post-judgment modification?

For divorced couples in North Carolina, post-judgment modification is a change in child custody or support. You or your spouse could request a change in custody, but the court must decide if the request is in the best interest of your children. There are several instances in which a judge may alter your original agreement.

What is parental alienation?

If you are going through a divorce in North Carolina, you should be aware of the signs of parental alienation. This phenomenon is the intentional separation of the children from one parent for the purpose of punishing him or her. Parents who are attempting to alienate their children from the other often try to disrupt contact between that parent and the children as much as possible. They use manipulative tactics such as making derogatory comments about the other parent and even forbidding the children to talk about him or her. Some children who experience this indoctrination develop unwarranted hatred for the targeted parent, and they usually believe they have formed this negative opinion alone, rather than through an outside influence. 

How to be a successful single parent after divorce

Divorce in North Carolina affects virtually every aspect of life. Divorcees who are raising children are losing not only a spouse, but also a parenting partner. They suddenly find themselves in the role of a single parent, and the transition may be difficult. According to the Huffington Post, there are several characteristics that most successful single parents share. First of all, successful single parents set goals for themselves and their children, and they take the appropriate steps to achieve them. It may be necessary to rethink parenting standards and priorities for the new core family, especially if the standards during the marriage were set by the former spouse. There may be advantages to seeking new social circles or professional emotional help during the difficult transition.

The importance of fathers' overnight visits with infants

Infants have a strong need for stable relationships and dependable caregivers. In the event of a divorce in North Carolina, both parents should consider the needs of the child and attempt to maintain as much consistency as possible. Psychology Today argues that, in most cases, the needs of the child involve regular exposure to both parents. This viewpoint is influenced partially by the phenomenon known as Attachment, which is an infant's intense connection to his or her caregivers. The bond established in the early years influences the child's mental and emotional development and affects virtually every area of life. If both parents were involved in the child-rearing process before divorce, they should continue their involvement afterward in order to avoid disrupting the infant's emotional security.

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