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How to handle common co-parenting problems

No one ever said co-parenting would be easy. In fact, it can be one of the most difficult things to face in life. Whether you are in the situation because of divorce or another factor, you will want to handle issues that arise with respect and dignity for the benefit of your child. Here are some tips for handling common co-parenting issues in Indiana.

Same-sex civil unions and marriages

A civil union is similar to a marriage agreement but has several important distinctions as well. Civil unions were created to allow same-sex couples the opportunity to commit to each other and express their love publicly. When civil union laws were passed, same-sex marriage was illegal. But in 2015 the United States Supreme Court lifted the ban on same-sex marriages, effectively making civil unions less relevant. Despite the lifting of the marriage ban, several couples have decided to remain in civil unions.

Dealing with parental liability accusations

Children are sometimes involved in criminal activity and may face serious felony charges. However, their parents may also be held liable for their acts. Parental liability starts from the age of eight and goes on till the age of majority. Parents might have lawsuits and sanctions if their children take part in serious crimes or damage someone else's property. Parental liability can be divided into two parts; civil and criminal parental liability.

Fathers are struggling with parental alienation

Typically, divorce is a very challenging experience. And if you are a father, the challenge is even more daunting due to the threat of being separated from your child.  It is becoming more evident that both the mother and the father are important and should be involved in raising their children. Children need equal time and attention from both parents.

Can I get spousal maintenance if I am disabled?

When two people are married, if one spouse is working and the other is not, it is likely that the two will still share that income. Depending on how much money is made, they will lead a certain lifestyle and may be used to enjoying the finer things in life. Should they divorce, for the spouse who is the lower wage earner, being able to enjoy such things may no longer be an option, which is why some people strongly consider requesting spousal maintenance.

How do I know I am a victim of economic abuse?

Physical abuse is not the only form of domestic violence, and some may be confused as to whether or not they are a domestic violence victim. Along with physical abuse, a domestic violence victim can suffer abuse emotionally, sexually, psychologically and economically. Many of these types of abuse may be easy for people to recognize, but economic abuse is one form with which many people may not be familiar. Because of this, should they be suffering this type of abuse, they may not even be aware of it.

Things to consider when requesting spousal maintenance

The divorce process can sometimes involve many disputes and negotiations between spouses. In some cases, they can agree on the terms and each can walk away with what they want, but this isn't something that happens with every divorce. There may be issues, such as spousal maintenance, causing spouses to become emotional and question if it is really worth the stress. There are a few things they should consider before moving forward with certain requests.

Why would I request a modification to my divorce decree?

When two people get a divorce and a decree outlines the terms of their divorce, they may hope that this judgment is final. In some cases, people cannot wait to be as far away from their former spouse as possible and start to live a separate life. However, not all people get that option because there are children involved. Often, they will have to deal with child custody and support issues and find a way to co-parent and be civil with their child's other parent despite them getting a divorce and everything that has happened in their relationship.

How can I stop domestic violence from occurring in my home?

There are many men and women that currently live in the United States that are abused by their loved one on a daily basis. Whether it is emotional, physical or sexual abuse, it is not OK for a person to live like this and feel as though their life is being threatened. Although those who are abused may feel stuck and helpless with no way out of this situation, there is a way for them to put a stop to domestic violence in their home and start to live a happy, healthy life, free of abuse.