The relationship between grandparent and grandchild is a special one. The time children spend bonding with their grandparents is something special that all should experience. However, certain family situations can make it difficult for a grandparent to have a relationship with their grandchild, especially if there is something negative between grandparent and the child's parent.
When a couple decides to separate, or if they have been separated for awhile, the child custody arrangement has a note of finality to it. However, if you and your child's parent are sure that you'd prefer to raise your child from separate households, it's good to make the arrangement official. Without an official child custody arrangement in place, there is nothing holding either parent to their obligations. This can quickly cause strife and unnecessary stress.
There is no more important role we can have than to be a parent. That being said, the world expects a lot of us in other roles of our life, like at work and in relationships. However, if you and your spouse have decided that divorce is the right thing to do, how do you help your kids get through it? Here are a few things kids need during a divorce.
Parents do not always see eye to eye. This can be especially true if, like so many families today, the parents are not in a committed relationship with each other. It's not necessary to be in a relationship with your child's parent in order to effectively parent. However, it can take a little more effort to agree on a child custody plan that works for everyone involved.
Every parent does all they can to provide and protect their children. This bond is a powerful and special thing, but it also makes it that much more difficult to go through tough times such as a divorce. The ending of a marriage is hard when it's only the two partners involved. When children enter the picture, however, the emotional stakes are significantly raised. That's why it's so important to have knowledgeable and compassionate legal guidance on your side.
Developing a child custody plan that is in the child's best interest is of utmost importance, but before parents begin negotiating custody it is helpful for them to understand what that means, how it is determined and how the child custody process works, generally.
Traditionally, mothers are thought of as handling the rearing of children while fathers are the primary breadwinners. This traditional view is outdated, as many Gulfport parents know. Still, the traditional view is how many people think of parenting roles. The question is whether Mississippi law adheres to the traditional view or recognizes the modern reality that both parents play a key role in child rearing.
No two families have the exact same circumstances, so it's not surprising that no two child custody disputes have the exact same issues. Differing work and school schedules, different geographical locations and different religious practices all can be issues for families trying to come to a child custody agreement.
Many military families make their homes in Mississippi and the Gulfport/Biloxi area. As service personnel know, as rewarding as the career may often be it can also be terribly stressful on a family. This stress, unfortunately, contributes to high divorce rates among military families and results in the same types of issues that other divorcing couples face, like child custody and support matters.
Child custody issues are often some of the most sensitive matters that must be addressed during a divorce. In Mississippi, child custody matters are almost always viewed from the perspective of the children and what is truly in their best interests. Unfortunately, this does not always comport with what parents believe is in the best interests of the children or themselves.