Most children get excited about the holiday season - Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's, etc. Time off from school, presents, time with family, and holiday traditions make this an extra special time for kids.
Child custody matters are inherently complicated. Florida family court judges must make such decisions by viewing each situation through the lens of "the child's best interest" factors; a set of provisions that considers the child's environment, contact with family members and the effects a change would have on the child, to name a few.
The vestiges of sex discrimination still appear in the American workplace. Women still make nearly 80 cents to every dollar a man makes, and they still have to deal with sexual harassment. However, men may have to deal with the stereotypes that come with the traditional norms of parental relationships; specifically that men put work first and leave time for child rearing to their spouses.
If you ever thought sports were overrated, a new study may change your mind; especially for fathers who seek to improve their relationships with their daughters. A study conducted by researchers at Baylor University found that fathers who played sports with their daughters were more likely to have bonding moments, and thus, stronger relationships.
With this being our last post of 2012, we wanted to take time to thank our readers for making our blog successful. We take pride in providing helpful information and compelling commentary on family law issues. As we look towards 2013, we find it fitting to give some helpful tips to those who may be contemplating divorce. January is traditionally the month with the most divorces filed. With that said, people considering a split should be mindful of the following:
With social media being an increasingly popular mode of communication, Twitter wars and Facebook rants are becoming more common; especially among celebrities. Part of the fun (and the sense of retribution) is being able to skewer someone in front of their friends and followers without having a physical confrontation. That's ostensibly why more parent/step-parent rivalries are being played out online.
If your divorce is beginning during (or dragging through) the holiday season, chances are that your soon-to-be ex is about as happy as the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. He or she could be spent on ruining your holiday season out of revenge, jealousy or loneliness. You could receive harassing emails and text messages, be subjected to outrageous demands for exchanges or payments for gifts, or you may be threatened with court action if you do not meet specific demands. All of which can rob you of the cheer and good tidings the holidays are supposed to bring.
The latest chapter in the contentious custody battle between Gabriel Aubry and Halle Berry looks like an episode of the "Real Housewives of Orange County" met a Rocky movie. According to TMZ, an altercation erupted between Aubry and Olivier Martinez, Berry's current boyfriend that led to both parties nursing injuries and filing competing restraining orders.
It appears that with every high-level sex scandal, a trail of emails is the proverbial "trail of breadcrumbs" that ultimately leads to a powerful person's demise. Such was the case of former four-star general and CIA Director David Petraeus. The revelation of his extra-marital affair with biographer Paula Broadwell has led to his resignation.
This common phrase is a hallmark in soap operas: "I want a divorce!"