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Securing father's rights in divorce

When parents in Kansas divorce, child custody is often a significant concern. Parents generally place a high priority on their relationships with their children, and they may be very concerned about losing these relationships after a divorce. Fathers, in particular, may have fears of being cut off from their kids.

Child custody matters can get messy

During a divorce, child custody decisions can often be difficult to make. However, if parents in Kansas decide among themselves that they will share joint custody of their children, the process could be much easier for everyone. The key to a joint custody relationship is real cooperation between the parents.

Child custody hearings result when parents cannot agree

When parents in Kansas end their relationships, they must determine the details of child custody. This process does not necessarily require court intervention, but disputes could result in the parents presenting their positions in court and awaiting a custody decision made by a judge. A child custody hearing usually happens when parents cannot agree on a custody arrangement, or one person wants to restrict the other individual's access to a child or children.

Weighing pros and cons of parallel parenting and co-parenting

Divorced parents in Kansas City have many options in regard to raising their children. However, there are two major parenting structures that are recommended to divorced mothers and fathers. These structures are known as co-parenting and parallel parenting, and each has its own set of pros and cons.

Contentious child custody and support issues

Child custody and child support can be contentious and difficult issues for many divorcing parents in Kansas. After a split, parents will often have less time with their children and, particularly, less unscheduled time. Some parents may be able to put aside their differences and reach a fairly amicable agreement on co-parenting and sharing time. However, other parents with more divisive relationships may instead wind up going through a longer battle over custody and other issues concerning the children.

Negotiating house rules for parents after divorce

When parents in Kansas divorce, their existing irreconcilable differences and mutual problems can be reflected in the child custody arrangements. Many parents find it hard to agree on house rules and a unified approach to parenting. However, children often find divorce to be upsetting and confusing, and stability and support can help them feel more secure at a challenging emotional time. This could mean that even former spouses with significantly different views on child-rearing need to work to reach an agreement in order to benefit their children.

Making co-parenting work following a divorce

A divorce in Kansas can involve multiple steps, from dividing marital assets to determining if spousal support is necessary. If a marriage resulted in children, another major issue is co-parenting arrangements. Making an honest effort to make co-parenting work could minimize the legal and emotional challenges that sometimes complicate matters.

Documentary examines child support system through a racial lens

There are a number of stereotypes and fixed ideas about parenting that can affect perceptions of African American fathers in Kansas City and across the country. A new documentary called "Where's Daddy?" attempts to explore how race and poverty intersect with the child support system to the detriment of African American families across the country. While many people think of the stereotype of a deadbeat father who owes child support, many people with child support debt are actually living in poverty. In fact, 70 percent of all child support debt across the country is owed by people who make less than $10,000 each year.

What is joint legal child custody?

When parents in Kansas go through a divorce, child custody and visitation issues can be some of the most complex emotional as well as practical things to address. Because both parents value their relationship with their children even though their personal romantic relationship has come to an end, child custody issues can highlight the changing nature of the family relationships. Understanding the terminology used can help both parents learn more about the process and envision their future obligations and rights.

Options for child custody schedules

When Kansas parents of young children get a divorce, they should keep in mind that there are many different child custody schedules they can create that suit their own schedules and situations. The traditional arrangement in which the child lives with the custodial parent but spends alternating weekends with the noncustodial parent may work for some parents and their children, but there are many other options available as well.

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