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Watch out for parental abduction warning signs

Parental abduction happens when one parent takes the child outside of the state or even the country without the permission of the other parent.

For instance, perhaps you and your spouse got divorced, and you have joint custody of your child, who lives with you for a week and then with your ex for a week. Your ex has always said that he or she should have gotten sole custody,. Then he or she takes your child overseas during the week they spend together, refusing to come back.

Ideas for bonding with kids even with limited time

As you and your spouse split up custody of your children, you realize that your time with them will be limited. Half of the time, they're going to live with your ex. You will need to make those days that you do get with them really count.

How do you do it? Take a proactive approach. Commit to making the most of every hour and every day. Think outside of the box. Remember that spending time with your child is more than a responsibility. Below are a few things you can do to bond with them quickly.

  1. Get outside and explore. It's about more than just getting away from the television. These shared experiences are exciting and unique. You're making memories.
  2. Teach your children new skills. Find out what they enjoy and help them develop. You can teach them how to ride bikes, play the piano, throw a baseball, play video games, go swimming or anything else you enjoy together. You'll love watching them learn and grow.
  3. Talk about your own childhood. Tell them about the funny things you did and the adventures you had. This helps them see you in a different light -- more than a stern parent -- and they'll connect with you.
  4. Go on a road trip. It doesn't have to be long. Just a day trip is enough to explore and see more of the world. You may have to clear this with your ex, depending on your divorce agreement, but it's a good way to do something new and fun.

Does a divorce agreement guarantee mortgage payments?

You and your spouse took out a mortgage together. When you got divorced, your ex decided to keep the home. You got other assets equaling the value of the money you would have gained through a sale.

However, your ex could afford to refinance the home on just one income. Instead of doing so and getting your name off of the loan, you just put in the divorce agreement that your ex is responsible for paying the mortgage until the home is sold or the payments naturally end.

Same-sex divorcees face additional hurdles when dividing assets

Same-sex couples have enjoyed the same right to marriage as opposite-sex couples in Indiana for years now. While that brings with it a lot of freedom, it also leads to same-sex divorce cases. In some situations, these couples could face hurdles that other couples would not.

For instance, take the property division process. It happens with every divorce. A married couple splits up their assets so that both take a share away from the marriage.

Are there deadbeat mothers who fail to pay child support?

The term "deadbeat dad" has become well-known all over the country, applying to fathers who simply bail on their children and never pay what they owe in child support. Perhaps because of the alliteration or perhaps because fathers are stereotypically assumed to be the ones paying support and not caring for the children, the term has stuck.

It's also stuck for a reason: One study found that 25.1 percent of mothers with custody of their kids never got child support. That means that a court order was handed down, legally awarding them support, and they were never paid. Ever.

Can your ex use child support to pay for that?

You may have some very definite ideas about what your ex should or shouldn't be using the child support you pay to cover.

Unfortunately, many of those ideas may be wrong. Child support isn't just designed to cover the bare necessities -- it goes for a broad variety of household expenses when that household includes a child.

How do I prepare for a child custody hearing in Indiana?

Going through a child custody battle is lengthy and stressful. It's even worse on your children. There might not be a clear solution to the custody issue, which is why many parents find themselves in family court in front of a judge. The judge will hear both sides and rule in the best interests of the child. So, how do you prepare for a child custody hearing in Indianapolis?

You need to convince the judge that you are the better parent who should have sole custody of your child. This must be done without disparaging the child's other parent in front of the judge. You simply need to show the judge that you have been involved in the child's education, health care and religious upbringing.

How you can get past anger following a divorce

Divorce brings on so many different emotions. Many people will feel stress, worry, sadness, anger, disappointment and more. All of these emotions are common and can be dealt with appropriately in due time. Today, we will discuss how you can get past the anger that comes following a divorce in Indianapolis.

You need to start with the idea that it will take time for you to get past the anger stage following your divorce. It's perfectly alright to be angry. In fact, a certain degree of anger is healthy for people. You just need to know how to handle it and how to let it out appropriately.

Divorce after 50: You can survive it

Divorcing after 20 or 30 years of marriage is harsh -- but for many women, it also means returning to the workforce.

Some of them haven't kept up their job skills or abandoned careers long ago in order to care for husband, children and home.

Matters related to children must be handled carefully

Everything that has to do with children must be handled very carefully. This is especially true in cases involving child custody and support. The thing that make these cases challenging is that both parents care for the children, but the ways that they want the child to be raised might vary greatly.

The thing to remember in these cases is that there are usually more than one way to handle situations involving children. Each step of raising a child requires decisions on the part of the parents. Where to send the child to school, whether to teach the child a religion or not and what type of immunizations to give a child are some of the more contentious decisions that must be made.