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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. 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 need [...]

What to Expect at A Child Custody Court Hearing 2017-09-18T14:51:28+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 2017-09-18T14:43:44+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 2017-09-18T14:44:09+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 2017-09-18T14:40:31+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 2017-09-06T16:08:24+00:00