Barb discusses the recent changes in the law that can determine if you get more assistance with your child when it comes to extracurricular activities.
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If you are seeking sole custody of your child one way to do this is to prove that the other parent is unfit. Proving the unfitness of a parent is not always easy to do. In my practice, I have been able to prove unfitness of a parent by proving evidence of drug abuse, alcohol abuse, alcoholism, etc.
This includes both illegal drugs and prescription drugs. If the other parent has a history of drug abuse for a significant number of years this should be brought before the court. Also important is whether or not they are currently in a drug or alcohol treatment program. Have they been through treatment or rehab but continue to relapse?
However, they don’t have to have a drug or alcohol problem for a number of years. If you can prove that there is drug or alcohol abuse going on presently this is also taken into consideration.
There are things you can do to help prove drug abuse in a custody case:
1. Request ongoing court-ordered drug tests in your custody case.
A failed drug test in a custody case can be a good indication of drug addiction in the parent.
2. Be required to get a drug screening and be evaluated for a drug treatment program at the treatment center. This involves being interviewed and assessed on how significant substance abuse is. The center can then recommend a treatment protocol to follow. If the other parent fails to follow the treatment program this is very good for your case.
Another Way to Show that a parent is unfit is to show evidence of child abuse or child neglect. Allegations of child abuse are very serious, so you must be prepared to back it up with proof. Abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse
Some examples of child neglect can be not providing meals when they should, skipping meals,, not monitoring the child doing homework, missing school, being left alone at the house, if they go to school tired or dirty, or without lunches, etc. If you can show a pattern of neglect it can show the parent is neglectful and should not have custody or parenting time.
Also, if there is evidence of child abuse such as police reports, criminal conviction, restraining or protection orders they are good pieces of evidence to provide the judge in your custody battle. Now keep in mind that just because the other parent has a substance abuse problem it does not necessarily mean they are unfit.
The judge will look at many factors which are called the ‘Best Interest of the Child’ factors which by law the court has to consider all as a whole when making a decision in a custody case. So I would not hang my hat on just this one factor. It might be that the judge not give you sole custody but reduce the parenting time of the other parent.
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What you need to know if you are considering having a boyfriend or girlfriend testify as a character witness at your child custody trial.
The first thing I would tell you to do is download my Best Interest of the Child Checklist by going to
On that checklist one of the factors is “What type of relationship does that child have with other important people in his or her life?”
In my mind, a boyfriend or girlfriend who is a long term partner is a very important character witness and it is my practice to have a boyfriend or girlfriend testify if they have been around for a while or they are expected to be around as a partner, fiancée or future spouse. Having said that, there are some judges who don’t care about hearing from boyfriends or girlfriends. In fact, in the last week and a half I just had a judge tell me that he thought my client’s fiancée was irrelevant to the case and that he thought the most important relationship was between the parent and the child.
In another case I had the judge went so far as to forbid my client to have a ‘significant other’ around during his parenting time with his son. So it really boils down to the judge you have in your case and his or her viewpoints. But it is important to remember to address all of the best interest factors and one of those factors is ‘significant relationships in the life of the child’.
So to Jennifer or anyone else out there who is considering testifying on behalf of your boyfriend or girlfriend in their custody case, you both need to ask yourselves these questions,
– What types of activities does the child and boyfriend or girlfriend do together?
– Do they go to the Mall?
– Do they do arts and crafts?
– How does your child feel about the boyfriend and girlfriend?
– What expressions of affection does the child use about the boyfriend or girlfriend?
– Does the child want to be around boyfriend or girlfriend when the parent is not around?
These are the things the boyfriend or girlfriend will be expected to be asked at the custody court hearing.
So the next point is ‘Always do your research on the judge’ so that you will know their viewpoints are on ‘significant others’ .There are some forums on sitting judges that you can explore.
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One of the most rewarding aspects of being a personal injury attorney, is that you have the chance to stand up for the most vulnerable members of our community. Our attorneys have witnessed the financial and emotional turmoil parents go through after their children suffer a fatal or catastrophic injury. In this video, Florida injury attorney Patrick Montoya explains how hiring a lawyer can help parents tackle the devastating financial and emotional costs that come after children are harmed in an accident. Video Rating: / 5
Often when marriages or relationships end, the easy part is dividing assets.
The most important part of the discussion doesn’t involve things, though.
It involves people – specifically, any children resulting from the relationship.
Which parent will the child live with, and how will the child’s or children’s time be divided between parents? How much are parents responsible to pay each month for the continued health, well-being, and education of the children? These are issues that are decided in Family Court.
How are child support payments calculated in South Carolina?
Greenville attorney Grant Varner with the firm of Varner and Segura explains how South Carolina calculates those monthly payments in Family Court.
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• recent changes to child protection legislation
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Are you embroiled in a family law matter? Perhaps you are considering enlisting a Perth family lawyer?
Lawyers have a reputation for being expensive. As a result some people try to defend the matter themselves.
However, the benefit of knowing your family law matter is being handled by a skilled and experienced Perth family lawyer may allow you to concentrate more on your personal life in this emotional period and leave the legal matters to the Perth lawyers.
This can reduce the unnecessary stress and worry.
Procuring a Perth family lawyer may not necessarily be as expensive as it first seems.
There are options that could be used to minimise the cost or to adapt the legal advice to suit your needs.
HOW A PERTH FAMILY LAWYER CAN HELP YOU
WA Family Law is a specialised area of law. The consequences of your family law matter may impact upon you personally and financially. The final consequences vary significantly from case to case, being unique to each person.
Hiring an expert Perth family lawyer to assess your matter, advise on it and if necessary negotiate, mediate or advocate for you in the Perth Family Court can mean the difference between the result that you desire and a potentially damaging consequence for you.
A Perth family lawyer understands the family law process and case law for Western Australia, and the experience, to negotiate the best final result for you.
THE COST OF A PERTH FAMILY LAWYER
A Perth family lawyer may not cost as much as you think. Typically lawyers’ costs tend to become expensive when the Perth Family Court is involved. However a Perth family lawyer will almost always consider resolving your matter using non-litigious means; such as negotiation or collaborative law practices. When the Perth Family Court is avoided, costs may be minimised.
If you arrange to see a Perth family lawyer you will be given a first consultation. This is as much an opportunity for you to determine whether you want to hire that Perth lawyer as it is for the lawyer to assess your circumstances. In addition it allows you to get advice early on so that you may be informed as to the best way to proceed. Some Perth family lawyers provide the first session for free. This allows you the opportunity to find a lawyer that’s right for you.
You may not wish to use your Perth family lawyer for all forms of representation. This too can minimise costs. Perhaps you would like to confine the advice to assessment of your circumstances and how to proceed. You can then take care of matters yourself.
A Perth family lawyer may charge on an hourly basis. A guide as to the usual rates is typically 0 to 0 per hour. Alternatively some Perth family lawyers may charge a fixed fee for certain aspects of your matter. If you do hire a Perth family lawyer they should provide you with an initial cost estimate and if they charge by the hour they should provide you with a breakdown of costs throughout your matter.
Essentially, Western Australian family law is a complex legal area and the consequences for you, personally and financially, may not be worth the risk of doing it alone. Having a skilled, professional, Perth family lawyer may reduce some of the stress you’re going through.
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