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4 year old, Shared custody, Heartache

Our daughter frequently wants to go back to her moms house when we have her. How can we help/cope? Background and details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2014 - 63 answers

Need an excellent estate attorney in NYC. Integrity a must.

Looking for an estate attorney so good it’ll make us forget how our last estate attorney shamelessly ripped us off. [more inside]
posted by ROTFL on Feb 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Hello, Betrayal, your name is babymama (Tax Edition)

Almost 50/50 custody, and after a year of agreeing that we'd split the child tax credit, all of a sudden she announces that since she's pregnant with her new man's child, she's keeping all of it. Snowflake details inside - get ready for indigence. [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Jan 13, 2014 - 37 answers

How and where do I go about starting the divorce process?

I'm not yet sure I want to go that route, but I want to be informed and prepared just in case. Kids grew up expatriate, spouse recently moved them back without informing me or asking my permission, spouse has no job (supported by spouse's parent). I'm reading online that if there's a divorce and I act early, I'm more likely to get full (or at least fuller) custody. But where do I file? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2013 - 11 answers

Mediation blues

MINML (metafilter is not my lawyer, but oh man, that would be one kick ass lawyer) Have you even been thru mediation with an ex-spouse over parenting plan stuff? If so, I have some basic quesitons...brief background below... [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Oct 12, 2013 - 14 answers

How do other people handle extracurriculars and visitation?

Hello, everyone. My daughter visits with her dad every other weekend. We do not share any level of custody, she lives with me most of the time. He lives about 30 minutes away from our town. My daughter is 9 and really needs to be able to join clubs and sports teams and take classes. Her dad has so far refused to take her to the scheduled classes and meetings that fall on his day (with a few exceptions, but his agreement did not come easily...). We don't communicate well at all, it's a long story. My daughter now has an opportunity to take a great class with a great instructor and of course the classes fall partly on his days. [more inside]
posted by bright and shiny on Sep 20, 2013 - 22 answers

Can't fix the past; can I mend the present?

I have just found out that my ex and the father of my child did something twenty-odd years ago that has had permanent ramifications for both our child and his daughter with his former wife (the daughter is 9 years older than our son). I was unaware of this until Sunday, when I visited the former wife (who lives in another city) and we had a long and intense conversation under the shadow of the terminal diagnosis she received earlier this year. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by jokeefe on Aug 20, 2013 - 23 answers

Divorce/Custody Records from the 1970s?

Can you advise me how to go about getting the files for a particular divorce and attendant custody battle in CT in the 1970s? [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Mar 8, 2013 - 2 answers

Appropriate discipline, boundaries for a 14-year-old

My son, 14, splits his time between my house and my ex-husband's house. About two years ago, my son's bed at his dad's house was taken away - he's been sleeping on the floor ever since. I am increasingly upset about this but unsure whether or how to intervene. [more inside]
posted by webwench on Feb 10, 2013 - 110 answers

What is your perspective on the "ideal" child custody arrangements?

While recognizing that I'd like your advice on the principles and best practices of a shared child custody agreement. I currently share both joint and physical custody with my daughter's mother, and things are going just fine, but wondering if you know of any resources (online, written, or your own experiences) to help me consider what is best for my daughter now and in the future, and maybe it can serve as a general resource for other parents' looking to establish positive custody agreements. [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Feb 7, 2013 - 21 answers

Looking for a family law attorney in Austin, TX

Looking for a family law attorney in Austin, TX. Got any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by marble on Jan 4, 2013 - 3 answers

How should my sister bring her son home, across state lines, during a messy divorce proceeding?

Asking for a friend: How should my sister bring her son home, across state lines, during a messy divorce proceeding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 2, 2012 - 7 answers

How to prevent ex-wife from using my house for custody

My ex-wife told me she's using my house to keep our kids after school on her custody days. Aside from the issue of whether it's OK for a 9 year old to be alone at home for up to 3 hours a day, she has BPD (or whatever it's now called) as well as a history of snooping and taking my things without asking. I don't want her in and around my house when I'm not there. How can I prevent this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2012 - 29 answers

Need a family law attorney in Austin or San Antonio

Can you recommend an attorney in San Antonio or Austin, Texas, specializing in family law, specifically child custody and support issues? If it matters, the prospective client is the father.
posted by apocry_phil on Aug 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Kicked Out of Her Own Apartment

Does an ex-wife in Oklahoma have the right to evict my friend from her boyfriend's house on the weekends when his kids visit? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Jul 1, 2012 - 14 answers

How to make a sad Father's Day better?

How should I make the best out of a bad Father's Day situation? My boyfriend is going through a nasty custody battle with his ex-wife over rights over their 2-year-old daughter. He will not be able to see his daughter on Sunday and almost certainly won't receive any communication from her. What can I do to make his day a little less painful? [more inside]
posted by tatiana wishbone on Jun 15, 2012 - 6 answers

How to say - No, you must stay with me

How to respond when elementary aged son asks to stay with Dad when it's Mom's weekend [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2012 - 23 answers

Custody and Polyamory

Can more than two parents have full legal (and physical) custody of a child? [more inside]
posted by karminai on May 5, 2012 - 11 answers

I knew being a parent wouldn't be easy, but this is really hard.

Help me be a better long-distance parent. [more inside]
posted by doomtop on May 2, 2012 - 12 answers

long distance custody

Is there a way for parents to move far apart without hurting the kids? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 - 22 answers

Picking a side

Interstate custody battle. Should we get involved? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2012 - 26 answers

I broke up with him years ago, but we stayed friends for the dog.

Please help me to break up with someone I've already broken up with. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 - 43 answers

Child's going to need some help, but what sort?

Unnecessary Drama Filter: My Godson's mother just got scooped up by immigration. What comes next? [more inside]
posted by Ys on Jan 11, 2012 - 22 answers

How can a father leave his family yet remain a father?

This is not going to be pretty. I need to know if there is any way for me to maintain a life with my children if I cannot maintain one with my wife. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2011 - 91 answers

I need advice on preparing for fallout.

Divorce & Custody Filter: I think my husband is trying to buy my daughter's affection. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2011 - 27 answers

Recommend a lawyer?

I'm looking for a lawyer in the Detroit Metro area (in or around Livonia) specializing in issues related to child custody and divorce. Any recommendations would be very much appreciated.
posted by kbanas on Sep 7, 2011 - 0 answers

Need help with divorce strategies when you have a child you want to move out of state with...

Need help with divorce strategies when you have a child you want to move out of state with... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2011 - 19 answers

Conflicting visions

Who should pay for my stepdaughter's glasses? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Jun 29, 2011 - 51 answers

Breakup, who gets custody of a disputed pet?

How to deal with a question of custody of a pet after a breakup? [more inside]
posted by 1024x768 on Jun 28, 2011 - 15 answers

Child's mother was a hamster

Is there any legal (or otherwise) recourse if one parent is falsifying their child's background with a psychologist to make the other parent look like a villain? Could it really be causing them to misdiagnose my son? Sorry for the dreadful complicated story inside...I really tried to short-story it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Is switching homes too often detrimental to his development or is this acting out a phase?

Children in Divorce: 3 1/2 year old acts out, Mommy thinks it's because he is switching homes too often, wants to change visitation schedule to have him overnight every night. Is switching homes too often detrimental to his development or is this acting out a phase? What can I do? [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Apr 8, 2011 - 59 answers

Non-parent seeks parenting advice.

How do I keep my roommate and best friend from surrendering custody of her son to her ex-husband - an unemployed former crack user who was recently released from jail and is living with his mother about four hours away? [more inside]
posted by owlparliament on Mar 21, 2011 - 26 answers

Completing an affidavit for a friend's custody hearing

How do I best complete an affidavit to support a friend who is seeking custody of her child? [more inside]
posted by FergieBelle on Jan 27, 2011 - 6 answers

How to move back to the UK from Europe after divorce with no money or support network?

Say you're a British citizen. And you're married to a citizen of a European country and living in that country with them and your kids, who are also citizens of that European country. And say you no longer want to be married and want to move back to the UK. With the kids. Leaving aside the inevitable custody battle, what the hell do you do next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2010 - 10 answers

My wife rekindles her old flame: crack-cocaine!

Need to end a 5 year marriage due to my wife's re-addiction to crack cocaine. We have 2 kids, 1 of them mentally disabled. I don't want custody. What am I looking at as far as alimony? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2010 - 40 answers

Suddenly my wife wants me to leave without her and to leave our son in her custody. Can she do this?

We are visiting my wife's parents in another state. Suddenly my wife wants me to leave without her and to leave our son in her custody. Can she do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2010 - 25 answers

Financial chaos in determining custody

Financial chaos causing divorce. Primary custody vs joint. What is best? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2010 - 19 answers

City Mouse Seeks to Shed Fangs, Become More Like Nice PetSmart Mouse

Help a former city mouse cope with becoming a (semi-)involuntary Land-of-K-Marts-and-Pancake-Houses mouse. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jul 6, 2010 - 35 answers

When is it ok for recent ex to introduce new boyfriend to children?

When is it ok for recent ex to introduce new boyfriend to young children (1 and 3)?? [more inside]
posted by gnash on Apr 11, 2010 - 32 answers

should i apologize for an "outburst"?

I sent my lawyer an email about my case that was kind of emotionally unbalanced. I said at the bottom that if he had a comment, okay, but that I really just needed to say it. He did not reply directly but then in a later email, said that to hang in there, I was "doing fine". I definitely err on the side of hysterical in general but I think I have a good rep for being a thoughtful and passionate and honest person. However, I am having a big problem with the way my case is going, and I need to send him another email, and I am wondering if I need to apologize to him for wasting his time with the emotional crap that really was inappropriate to send to him, or should I just ignore it and don't mention it at all? I'm really embarrassed, and what I have to write to him now is really sensitive and I don't want the previous email's rant to cloud what I have to say right now. [more inside]
posted by lakersfan1222 on Mar 16, 2010 - 27 answers

Choose Your Own Custody Schedule Adventure

Should we let our child choose the terms of his joint custody? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Should I submit to efforts to change the custody arrangement for my 12-year old daughter?

Daughter claims to want to go live with Dad. I'm worried that resisting this change will hurt our relationship and cause her to want to be with Dad even more. Or should I fight for what I believe is in her best interest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2009 - 47 answers

Who would you give guardianship to?

Guardianship of minor child. Who would you list? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2009 - 30 answers

How do I cope and have best outcome for son in viscious custody battle?

Horrible custody battle about to begin. How do I cope and have the best outcome for my son? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2009 - 30 answers

Child Custody in Florida

A friend of a friend wants to get custody of his kids but has no money to hire an attorney. [more inside]
posted by 3dd on Nov 10, 2009 - 11 answers

My ex-wife's boyfriend wants to try to claim my son on his taxes... is this legal?

My ex-wife's boyfriend wants to try to claim my son on his taxes... is this legal? [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Aug 19, 2009 - 6 answers

Someone reassure me that I will indeed get joint custody....

Someone reassure me that I will indeed get joint custody.... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2009 - 8 answers

Need an excellent co-parenting book.

What are some excellent co-parenting books? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Jul 20, 2009 - 3 answers

Do I move my kids from their dad?

Would my three kids (17, 15, 10) be happier if we left the same town their dad lives in? I can't figure out if I'm allowing prolonged damage to my kids by letting them stay here because their dad is down the road but NEVER wants to see them. And where he lives bothers them (more later). [more inside]
posted by dzaz on Jul 7, 2009 - 44 answers

Who's dog is it?

Does anyone know Canadian laws on dog ownership post-relationship breakup? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2009 - 15 answers

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