Whether you are the father to an infant or a teenager, you might be thinking that your child is better off with the mother calling the shots and you taking a backseat in parenthood. If you are no longer with the mother, you may think that you have no other choice but to back off and let her raise the child.
First, the good news: Donald Trump and his administration will not be able to invalidate same-sex marriage with an executive order.
Recently I wrote about a pending case in a blog post at this link: /blog/2016/09/family-law-matters-still-complex-for-lgbtq-community.shtml
While Mississippi's LGBTQ community celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court's decision making same-sex marriage legal in the state, it was only the beginning of legal complications for many couples, especially those who had already traveled to other states to tie the knot. The complications they face include:
Divorce changes many family dynamics across the board. Caring for the children and parenting becomes much more difficult, particularly if one spouse was not previously working and must now return to the workforce.
Whether during divorce proceedings or while fighting to establish and maintain a relationship his child, a father can feel like the deck is stacked against him for seeking custody or even visitation rights.
Just when you think you conquered the most difficult part of this transition - finalizing your divorce - you realize that you must now re-learn how to parent your children with your ex-spouse. For many people, this is an overwhelming challenge.
Deployments, stateside assignments and sudden transfers can add a lot of uncertainty for military parents. Non-military parents may try to take advantage of the situation by demanding sole custody or asking for a custody modification.
Christmas and the holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy and love for our families. For children of divorce, this often means splitting the holiday period, and often even Christmas Day, between two parents. For parents who put their children's needs first, this is very workable and the children are allowed to enjoy "double dipping" on Santa Claus and Christmas gifts. Too often, however, parents are willing to hurt their children in order to strike a blow at the other parent. As a family law practitioner, I receive phone calls all holiday as various parents use the children as blunt weapons in a war against the other parent. Ultimately, the children are the ones who pay the price for their parents' poor choices.
For years the law in Mississippi presumed that mothers were the preferred parent to raise children in the event of a divorce. Mothers received benefit of the "tender years doctrine" which created a legal presumption in favor of mothers of young children. The tender years doctrine is now a fond memory, replaced instead by the Albright factors, which includes, as one factor, the "age and sex of the child".