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Caretakers and Adoptive Guardians Can Ask for Custody and Visitation Rights

The law is always changing, especially when it comes to family law. Families come in all shapes and sizes, especially in a state as diverse as New York. We understand that family is not defined by blood relations alone. This extends to parenthood as well, as parents are not always related to the child by blood, marriage, or adoption.   On August 30, 2016, New York’s highest court decided to expand the definition of parenthood to include primary caretakers and adoptive guardians. This means that de facto parents are now able to ask for custody and visitation rights despite not having any...

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Bird’s Nest Parenting

  The Law Offices of Ian S. Mednick shares more in-depth information about Bird's Nesting as an alternative. Most couples are not aware of this option so we decided to share the process by enumerating the pros and cons of the procedure. Divorced or separated couples can have this custody arrangement that allows the child/children to live in one house while the parents take turns in looking after them. As the parents move in an out, the child gets a feeling of security and also gets the chance to see both parents in the same house. Both parents have their schedules and...

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Bird’s Nest Co-Parenting: Making it Work for the Kids

Divorce disrupts the lives of everyone involved. While it is understandably difficult for the couple, it is especially stressful on the children. Children who have divorced families have two addresses, dividing their time between both parents. This can be a source of frustration and anxiety, as the child may feel caught in the middle while trying to adapt to a new lifestyle. Some parents are now choosing bird’s nest co-parenting, which is a uniquely child-centric arrangement. Here, the kids stay in the family home while the parents take turns caring for them. They come and go, similar to how birds fly...

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Making the Move: Dealing with Relocation and Holiday Disputes

Following your divorce, you or your ex-spouse may choose to relocate to a different state or country. Although no state or federal law limits you from moving to a new location, it becomes an issue when there is a child involved. It may even intensify the conflict between you and your ex-spouse, especially if you have joint custody over your child. At some point, your ex-spouse might even oppose your move so you will give up custody of your child. If you have your child’s best interests and welfare in mind, here are ways you can deal with and settle relocation...

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