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Changing custody: When your child ages

As your child gets older, there may be a need to change your custody arrangements. Children often need more one-on-one time with their parents when they're young but are happier to begin branching out as they age. It's a good idea to review your custody arrangements in Washington D.C. when they appear to no longer suit your situation, so that you can continue to provide the best care possible.

There's no defined rule on how often you should review your custody schedule, but it's a good idea to do so with any major life changes and if your child has shown dissatisfaction with the current schedule.

Work through the details of your divorce in mediation

Deciding to divorce is a big decision, as it will change your life in many ways. Before you go your separate ways in Washington D.C., it's critical to carefully move through the divorce process.

While some couples end up in court, others are able to work through the details of their divorce in mediation. There are many goals of doing so, including:

  • Minimizing hostility
  • Avoiding the stress and expense typically associated with litigation
  • Creating an equitable divorce agreement

Don't want to go to court? Negotiate with your spouse

Many people know that the last thing they want to do during their divorce is go through hearings to get a judge to make decisions for them. In most cases, it's unnecessary, too.

People have the ability to find common ground and to make their decisions in ways that are respectful and informed. However, divorce can add an element of frustration and stress that impacts the way people look at their options and how they want to treat their ex-spouses.

Need to tell your kids about divorce? Here's how to do it

You and your spouse spend weeks talking about potentially getting a divorce. You mull it over. You go to couples counseling. You talk to your friends and other family members.

In the end, you decide to split up. There's only one step left: Somehow, you need to tell the kids. They have no idea, and you know it's really going to change their world. How should you do it? Here are a few tips that can help:

Are you and your ex-spouse good candidates for joint custody?

The decision to break up with your spouse is rarely a speedy one to make when children are involved. However, if you're in the throes of a toxic marriage, you might want to consider whether your children are better off if you and your spouse go your separate ways.

In the end, if you decide to follow through with your break-up plans, you'll need to determine how you and your spouse will share child custody. One growing trend is for parents to share joint physical custody.

Celebrity divorce ends in $10,000-plus per month support payments

One of the stars from Real Housewives of Orange County, Lizzie Rovsek, finalized a divorce settlement with her ex-husband Christian Rovsek to bring her $10,950 in monthly support payments. The former reality television personality signed the deal in December 2018.

Specifically, the support payments relate to $6,949 in alimony and $4,001 in child support to settle the divorce that the female TV star filed in October 2017.

A primer on physical and legal child custody

The arguments and emotions that come up during a child custody dispute are enough to deal with. Nevertheless, you will also need to understand various legal concepts if you're facing a situation like this.

At the most basic level, you'll need to familiarize yourself with the different types of child custody. There are two primary kinds of child custody: (1) Physical custody and (2) legal custody.

Follow these tips to effectively discuss a prenuptial agreement

Once you get engaged, you can expect to face a variety of important questions and decisions in the months to come. While you're sure to focus a lot of time and energy on your wedding, you need to look past this. For many, this means considering the creation of a prenuptial agreement.

In your mind, a prenuptial agreement is exactly what you want. You know this document can protect your assets in the event of a future divorce. You also know that asking your partner to sign a prenuptial agreement could result in a disagreement.

3 things to include in your premarital agreement

A premarital agreement is the kind of document no one wants to think about signing before they get married, but it's the document many wish they had signed in the event of a divorce. This is because divorces governed by prenuptial agreements tend to be faster, smoother and less stressful.

If you're planning to get married -- and you're thinking about drafting a prenuptial agreement -- here are four basic things you should include in the document.

5 signs that your marriage is coming to a close

If your marriage has been on the rocks for some time, you are probably well aware of this fact. However, there is a difference between having marital challenges and having a marriage that's ready for divorce.

In some cases, overcoming challenges brings us closer to our spouses. In other cases, the challenges are far too difficult to overcome. It's therefore important that spouses in conflict learn to understand some of the hallmark signs that divorce is imminent versus the typical marital challenges that all spouses face -- and eventually -- learn to resolve.

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