How are Pets Handled in a Divorce?

Who gets custody of the pets when a couple divorces? This can be as sharp of an issue as child custody for some people. Pets are often viewed as family members, thus, determining custody can be very difficult. The quick answer to how pets are handled in a divorce is that the law treats pets as personal property. Pets will be “distributed” in the same way a piece of jewelry or furniture would be distributed. Given the callousness of this legal concept, some courts have recently begun to change how pet custody is determined. The new trend in pet custody is to consider a set of factors that consider the well-being of the animal, instead of merely treating the pet as an object. Remember, every jurisdiction is different, so the way a pet is handled in a divorce in New York may be very different from the way it is handled in California. General Background of Property Division in Divorces Traditionally, pets are treated as personal property. This means that the judge will treat your pet the same as a piece of furniture or jewelry when deciding who gets the pet in the divorce. There are two main ways that a [...]

How are Pets Handled in a Divorce? 2017-11-17T11:41:48+00:00

9 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Getting a Divorce

Share this Image On Your Site </p><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p><strong>Please include attribution to with this graphic.</strong></p><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p><a href=''><img src='' alt='9 Things You Shouldn't Do When Getting A Divorce Infographic' width='1257' border='0' /></a></p><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p> Divorce brings up strong emotions, including anger, frustration, loneliness, grief, and sadness. Going through this roller coaster of emotions is completely normal, and it’s okay to feel these emotions fully. In fact, suppressing them can be extremely harmful to both your physical and mental health. But even as you process your feelings and try to cope with loss, it’s important to not make rash decisions that make things worse and hurt your other relationships. Here are nine things you should try refraining from doing when going through a divorce: 1. Don’t expect a divorce settlement windfall While it might be hard, don’t have unrealistic settlement expectations. For the main breadwinner, your money will be allocated to child/spousal support and the lower-earning spouse will have to contend with less support than they are accustomed to. 2. Don’t use the kids It is also a difficult time for the kids, and being used as bargaining chips can have disastrous consequences. [...]

9 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Getting a Divorce 2017-12-07T15:42:23+00:00

Statistics and Facts about Millennial Parents

The time has finally come for the Millennial generation to enter parenthood. As of 2015, 53 percent of Millennials already have children. That may sound scary because of the stereotypical image of a Millennial glued to their phone or taking a selfie. Luckily, this narcissistic stereotype is not a reflection of Millennials’ parenting skills, according to statistics. In fact, Millennials are shaping up to be great parents. Millennials grew up in a time of rapid technological advancement and economic disturbance. This drastic change of environment is one of the reasons why Millennials get married later, buy houses later, and have children later than previous generations. Millennials are also first in place for the highest number of single mother households and multiracial households. This changing dynamic of Millennial geographic is leading to a difference in the way children are raised. Family statistics about Millennials The Millennial median marriage age is 30 years old, compared to the baby boomers’ median marriage age—23 years old. The Millennial generation is the largest generation by population size in U.S. history! The Millennial population was at 79.8 million in 2016. Millennials exceed all other generations in the number of households with single mothers. Millennials also surpass all [...]

Statistics and Facts about Millennial Parents 2017-12-14T11:24:47+00:00

How Parents Can Balance Work and Family When Both Parents Work

Over the past several decades, the number of two-parent households where both parents work full-time has increased significantly, up to 46 percent (up from 31 percent in 1970, according to Pew Research Center.) While double-income parenting comes with a lot of benefits, especially after the Great Recession, such as less financial stress and more stability, it also comes with its fair share of family stress. How do you find time to make it to your child’s basketball game or recital when you constantly have to work late? How can you make sure you and your spouse share household tasks equally? And what do you do when your kid is sick and don’t have any more days you can take off? The 2015 Pew study found that 4 out of 10 working moms always feel rushed. Leisure time isn’t even an option too – 6 out of 10 say they “don’t have enough time away from their children to get together with friends or to pursue hobbies and other interests.” Balancing work and family can seem like a herculean task at times, but it can be done, at least somewhat. Here are a few tips to help manage the stress, and joys, [...]

How Parents Can Balance Work and Family When Both Parents Work 2017-11-09T11:46:27+00:00

8 Tips for Raising a Daughter as a Single Dad

Raising children is no easy task, and it can be more daunting when you’re raising a daughter as a single dad. Without the emotional assistance of another partner, it can be challenging navigating the complex emotions, social situations, and changes your child goes through. According to Pew Research Center, “the number of single father households has increased about ninefold since 1960, from less than 300,000 to more than 2.6 million in 2011.” The term “single father” covers a variety of family circumstances – according to the Pew study, about half are separated, divorced, widowed or never married and are living without a cohabiting partner; about 40 percent are living with a non-marital partner; and 7 percent are married but living apart from their spouse. While being a single dad may seem overwhelming at first, the rewards of a lifelong relationship of love and trust with your child is completely unparalleled. Here are a few tips for single dads: 1. Be approachable From bullies, schoolwork, to physical changes, growing up is hard. Your child needs someone to talk to for guidance and support. It’s important to keep the lines of communication open from the start. Assuring her that you are there for [...]

8 Tips for Raising a Daughter as a Single Dad 2017-12-13T10:52:11+00:00

What to Expect at A Child Custody Court Hearing

Court hearings can be quite intimidating, particularly when you are not sure what to expect and when the custody of your child is at stake. At a child custody hearing, a judge will decide who the child primarily lives with, who makes the child’s major life decisions about health, religion, and education, the visitation schedule for the non-custodial parent, and grandparent visitation. The experienced child custody attorneys at The Law Firm of Caryn S. Fennell can help you with your child custody case in court. Here are a few important things to know about child custody hearings. 1. Preparing for the hearing Before your hearing, you must create a parenting plan. If you and your ex-spouse cannot agree on a parenting plan, then you each should submit separate plans. After deliberation of both submitted plans, the judge will enter a final parenting plan order. A parenting plan should outline a parenting schedule for each day of the year, how the child will spend holidays and vacations, transportation arrangements, drop-off points, and how the parent plans on contacting the child while in the other parent’s care. One more way you can prepare for the hearing is to dress professionally. You do not [...]

What to Expect at A Child Custody Court Hearing 2017-12-04T09:47:15+00:00

Nurturing your Child’s Budding Interests

Childhood is a crucial time to develop interests and find what you’re passionate about. That’s why it’s so important for parents to nurture their child’s budding interests. Here are a few tips on doing that. First, determine what kind of environment your child thrives in. Does she enjoy being in a group setting or a solo environment? (Or maybe she enjoys both!) If your child gets anxious or bored during team or group activities, then maybe solo activities are the way to go. On the other hand, if your child doesn’t show any enthusiasm during solo activities, then maybe group settings would be better. Second, after you figure out the atmosphere that your child flourishes in, you can provide opportunities for him or her to explore those areas. You can do this through structured or unstructured activities. Unstructured activities include riding bikes, rollerblading, skateboarding, fishing, and more! Even simply sitting under a tree reading a book can light all the passion in the world for your little one. For those who thrive in a solo environment, here are some ideas for structured activities: Art classes (drawing, painting, sculpting, acting, etc.) Music classes (musical instruments or singing lessons) Horseback riding Ice skating [...]

Nurturing your Child’s Budding Interests 2017-10-23T16:28:10+00:00

10 Ways to Reduce Single-Parent Stress

Being a parent is a fulfilling and rewarding experience, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with its fair share of stress. From driving your kids to and from school, extracurriculars, and doctor’s appointments to making dinner and cleaning up the house, sometimes it can feel like you never have time for yourself to de-stress. And if you’re a single-parent, this stress can be even more overwhelming. Here are 10 ways you can reduce your stress, such as reaching out to your support system to picking up a new hobby. Don’t be afraid to ask for help If you need help, ask for it! Ask friends, family, or the local single-parent support group. There are so many caring people in the world that want to help. Trying to do everything alone can be self-defeating. To find local or online support groups, start by Googling your community name and “single parent support groups” to see what is available. De-clutter and de-stress your living space Everyone talks about retail therapy, massage therapy, and regular therapy, but no one talks about de-cluttering therapy. It’s truly therapeutic to throw away garbage bags filled with accumulated “stuff” that you haven’t used in years. Go through your [...]

10 Ways to Reduce Single-Parent Stress 2017-10-23T16:29:47+00:00

5 Ways to Create Family Bonding Time

With the school year and extracurriculars in full swing and homework piling up, it can be hard finding a free moment to catch up with your kids, let alone go on a day trip with the whole family. However, family bonding doesn’t have to involve long weekends at Six Flags or expensive trips to vacation spots. You can find fun activities to do in your own town – from going to a local sporting event, going to the zoo, visiting a historic area where you live, going hiking, to just taking a stroll through your town after dinner. Just finding a few hours to spend time together can make a big difference. Here are five more ideas to create quality family bonding time: Volunteer at your child’s school, church, or extracurricular activities This is a great way to get to know what your child is doing on a day-to-day basis. By volunteering, you can also get to know your child’s teachers and peers. Getting involved with school or after school activities also lets you connect with your child in the future by asking them specific questions you would not have known about before. Bonding over food Here are three ways you [...]

5 Ways to Create Family Bonding Time 2017-10-23T16:31:06+00:00

September Product Recalls of the Month

Home Depot pays $5.7 million for selling recalled dehumidifiers and other products – Home Depot has agreed to pay a $5.7 million civil penalty for selling and distributing thousands of recalled products, including dehumidifiers, fire extinguishers, and washing machines. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the company agreed to settle charges that it sold or distributed the products between Aug. 2012 and Nov. 2016. It is against federal law to sell products that are subject to a recall that has been announced by the CPSC. CPSC Recalls Baby Stacking Toys – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued an official recall for Disney-licensed “itty bittys,” baby plush stacking toys imported and sold by Hallmark Marketing Company LLC, of Kansas City, MO. The toys have fabric hats and bows that can detach, posing a choking hazard. Hallmark has received one report of a bow detaching, though no injuries have yet been reported. Abbott Pacemaker Recall: 465,000 Devices Vulnerable to Possible Hacking -A manufacturer of pacemakers has issued a voluntary recall over the possibility the devices could be hacked. The 465,000 Abbott pacemakers covered by the recall will be updated with new software to correct the vulnerabilities, according to NBC New York. Without the update, hackers [...]

September Product Recalls of the Month 2017-10-23T16:33:08+00:00