Successfully co-parent this Halloween

It’s the middle of October and that means Halloween is upon us. Costumes line the aisles of stores and pumpkins sit outside houses. Your child is excited. They have their outfit ready and can’t wait to go house to house for candy.

This is the first Halloween after your divorce and you don’t want to miss out on any of it. You’re not quite sure how to approach this special day, but want to talk to your ex about it.

Don't let your child become a pawn during divorce

Child custody is one of the most complicated parts of divorce. Even when both parents get along well, custody rights can come under dispute.

It is most common for couples to resolve custody disputes informally. This is when you and your spouse talk on your own and decide what will work best for your situation. If you cannot resolve the dispute on your own, then there is the possibility of going through mediation, arbitration or trial to find a solution.

Emotions can hurt: Don't drag out your divorce

Divorces are stressful; there is no way to avoid it. However, you can handle your divorce stress gracefully and walk away from the end of your marriage in a stable position if you handle the divorce in the right way.

It is important not to let your emotions get the better of you when you file for a divorce. Whether you're grieving or just want to keep your spouse happy, the reality is that the divorce will move forward no matter how you act. In that case, it's better to act in a way that is respectful and that gets the job done and over with relatively quickly.

When should children get a say in custody decisions?

Child custody often becomes most difficult when a child gets to the age that he or she has an opinion. Whether your child is a young teenager or one about to reach adulthood, there is a chance that they will have something to say about any parenting plan or arrangement you set up during a divorce.

As a parent, it is well within your rights to put your foot down and tell your child what is going to happen if it's in their best interests. However, it is usually in your child's best interest to have some kind of say once they are old enough to understand what they are doing. For example, a 15-year-old child may wish to live with their Mom or Dad depending on their gender because of puberty. That would be a reasonable request and something that parents should consider carefully.

What are the 12 grounds for divorce in Mississippi?

In Mississippi, there are 12 grounds on which people can divorce. Like other states, there is the option of a no-fault divorce. However, if you can't agree on settlement terms for child support, custody, alimony and property division, then you may need to sue the other party for a divorce. That's when one of the 12 faults comes into play.

Before you can file for the divorce, you need to be a resident of the state for six months or longer. If you're separating based on irreconcilable differences, then you have a 60-day waiting period before you can divorce. Other grounds have no waiting period other than a 30-day waiting period before trial.

Tips for welcoming a newly adopted child into the family

Welcoming a newly adopted child into the family is a very exciting time after months and even years of planning. You probably feel like you’re more than prepared, but the truth is, it may take more time and effort than imagined. If you are adopting a child who is six years of age or older, it may take more time for them to feel welcomed in their new family.

Adding to your home and family is such a personal experience, it’s natural to want the child to feel comfortable and welcome. Your child may feel overwhelmed by their new environment, especially when they come from particularly tough situations. It is important to remember for older adoptive children, rejection has been on their radar. It may take time to gain their trust, and the best thing you can do is find a way to build a relationship through honesty. Your child should know they can come to you with any concerns they have.

Do you have a right to counsel?

If you commit a felony, then you will need to look into a strong federal defense. Federal crimes range in severity, but the majority come with at least a year in prison and heavy fines. To protect yourself and your freedom, the best thing you can do is to work with a criminal attorney quickly.

As someone accused of a crime, you have a right to counsel. Thanks to the Fifth and Sixth Amendments, you have a right to an attorney during criminal proceedings. If you can't afford an attorney, you will likely have one appointed to you in almost any situation. This started in 1963 when the Supreme Court ruled that a defendant deserved representation when facing the risk of incarceration.

Handling visitation when a child doesn't want to go

Normally, children are happy to see their parents. Even after a divorce, many revel in the time they get with their parents. For some, though, visitation is a problem.

Children may not legally refuse visitation time, but yet some fight tooth and nail to avoid seeing the other parent. If that's happening with your child, here's a few things you should consider.

Collect important documents before mentioning divorce

Preparing for a divorce is just as important as talking to your spouse about getting one. Before you ever have that conversation, it's a good idea to start taking steps to collect information that can help you in court.

While many people talk about divorce and then go on to collect copies of financial documents, assets and other important items, the reality is that you will have more time and cooperation getting those documents if you can get them before you discuss divorce.

Why is co-parenting used in some custody cases?

When parents divorce, they have to come up with a plan for child custody. This isn't always an easy process. Parents who get things figured out sooner rather than later might help their children to feel more stable during the divorce.

There are many different parenting arrangements that might come with a child custody order. One of these is co-parenting. Here are some frequently asked questions about this style:

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