Divorce can be a difficult and complicated process, and this problem is especially true when child custody is involved. During divorce proceedings involving a marriage with children, it will be necessary to work out a custody arrangement between the two parents. Once the court has decided on the agreements regarding child support and visitation rights, both parents should be able to follow the agreement.
When negotiating visitation rights, the process will be easier if both parents agree; however, this is not always the case. After some time and certain circumstances arise, it may be possible that a modification of visitation rights is necessary. If the parents can’t reach an agreement regarding the modifications of the visitation agreement, then it may be necessary to go to court to resolve the issue. Some of the more common reasons for modifications of visitation rights are:
1. Change of address or relocation of one parent
2. Changes in the child’s needs
3. Demise of the guardian or parent who has full custody of the child
4. Evidence of violent acts of one or both parents
5. Changes in the mental or psychological health of one or both parents
A child or children’s needs changes as time passes, and these changes may necessitate modifications of visitation rights. Minor changes such as the number of hours or days of visitation or changes in location can be talked over by both parents, but the decision should always be in the child’s best interest. Serious changes, such as relocations, child support, schedules, and other issues should be put on paper and filed for the judge and court to agree upon. This ensures clear and binding agreements on the new visitation and child support changes.
Any parent who believes they are on the losing end of the visitation rights can appeal to the court for modifications of the agreement.
When a married couple seeks a divorce, there must be a reason for the marriage to be dissolved lawfully. This means they have to get the marriage legally divorced by the state. Otherwise, the couple will remain technically married to one another until one or both of them take action. The specific grounds for a divorce vary from state to state, but there are two different general types of divorce: fault and no fault.
All states offer fault divorces, but the acceptable reasons may vary between them. These are divorces that are sought after because one partner has wronged the other. Common reasons for fault divorce include:
- Drug addiction
- Criminal conviction
No fault divorces differ in that one partner does not have to egregiously harm or wrong the other in order for the court to consider granting one. Every state has a way for citizens to seek a no fault divorce. This kind of divorce covers couples who have agreed that their marriage is not working and are looking for a way to end it. Typically, the court will require the couple to be separated for some amount of time before it will accept a no fault divorce.
Much like marriage, divorce is a major step that can drastically change your life. Being aware of what to expect and how to choose an attorney will do a lot to make the process easier to manage.
The prevalence of cross-cultural marriages, ease of international travel, and increasing permissiveness of more secular countries in recognizing divorce decrees executed in foreign countries has made international divorce more popular. An international divorce may mean any of the following:
- Divorce of foreign citizens who were married in another country
- Divorce granted in another country that may or may not be recognized in the country of domicile
- Divorce of a local citizen from a foreign spouse who may or may not be domiciled locally
An international divorce may include not only the legal dissolution of a marriage but also decisions on the division of property, child custody and financial support. One problem with international divorce is that there are a wide range of circumstances that may complicate any divorce decree. For example, if the divorcing couple has property in foreign lands, the court-mandated division of assets may not be enforceable.
Another problem is jurisdiction. In some countries such as the Philippines, divorce of two Filipino citizens married in the Philippines is not recognized except in specific circumstances. Conversely, an American couple who obtained a divorce from certain jurisdictions such as the Dominican Republic may not be considered divorced in the US.
International divorce is a complex process because the laws governing it are tenuous at best. In most instances, the validity of an international divorce will depend on a particular set of circumstances. It becomes more complicated when children and property are involved, and the divorce is contested. Even if it is granted more easily in a particular country, there is no guarantee that it will be recognized in the home country of the couple. To ensure that an international divorce will be valid and to avoid unnecessary delays and expense, the advice and guidance of an experienced divorce lawyer will be needed.