North Carolina might join the handful of other states that have made the disputed move to ban foreign laws from its domestic legal cases, family law cases in particular. Last week, the state House passed HB 695, putting it a step closer to becoming law.
"I just can't get pregnant in any other way," cries a woman whose divorce is presenting a more complicated family law matter than the courts have had to deal with. She is referring to in vitro fertilization and crying because she is unsure whether she will be able to conceive again if a court doesn't grant her custody --of embryos.
No matter what, child custody is a highly sensitive legal matter. Emotions of parents run high, and the well-being of a child hangs in the balance. The system's responsibility is to put the best interest of the child first, but knowing what the best interest is isn't always easy.
Science is a good thing. It saves lives and has even given society ways to create life that once wouldn't have been possible. While scientific breakthroughs help by bringing more men and women the joy of family, such progressive processes are moving faster than the law can keep up with.
Disabled. Employers reasonably accommodate, landlords adapt space and developers budget specifically for disabled people to access the mainstream life. But what about accommodations for parenting? One aspect of parenting involves raising children to participate in and compete in society by following norms, overcoming adversity and adapting to situations. Some might argue that disabled parents are better equipped to teach overcoming and adapting. Still, a recent report suggests that child custody decisions are leaving disabled parents without their parental rights.
For most people, family is what life is all about. We grow up, build families of our own and then look forward to watching those families grow. Caring for and spoiling grandchildren is something that most people look forward to for their golden years.
Grandparents are playing a bigger financial role in their grandchildren's lives than ever before. According to AARP, a quarter of grandparents are spending more than $1,000 a year on their grandchildren. Additionally, 37 percent of grandparents report that they help cover day to day costs associated with their grandchildren, like food, clothes, shoes and daycare costs.
Now is the time of year when kids are anxiously awaiting the start of the school year. Parents as well as kids have to adjust to new routines and often busier schedules. For divorced parents, there are also additional issues to address and questions that need to be answered.
Children learn, grow, and change at a rapid pace. As children make the transition from toddler to teenager, they begin to take more control over their own activities, preferences, and life choices. Certainly, the needs and interests of a child who is 5-years-old are different than the needs and interests of a teenager. Yet, the way that parents maintain child custody arrangements after a divorce does not always take these developments into consideration.
Military service members have enough stress to deal with without worrying about their child custody rights. A legal panel that aims to standardize laws across states is now focusing its efforts on improving child custody rights for deployed parents.