When planning for divorce, many people expect their interactions with their ex-spouse to become easier. Once you no longer cohabitate, the differences will be minimized. While divorce can reduce that stress on a personal level, parents still need to work together for the best interests of their children. Sometimes determining what, exactly, best interests means is a challenge.
When children are born to married couples there is usually no question regarding the parentage of the newborns. However, many New Yorkers choose to start families before they marry or when they are in relationships that may never be formalized through marriage. When a child is born to an unmarried couple the filial relationship between the mother and child is clear. If the father and mother are no longer in a relationship or if the mother is unsure of the child's father, though, issues regarding paternity may arise.
An order promulgated by a New York court is basically a set of instructions that the parties covered by its terms must follow in order to remain in compliance with certain responsibilities. Many types of litigation may result in courts creating orders that stipulate the future conduct of the parties to the cases, and orders are a common part of family law proceedings.
Even when their parents are mindful of their needs and work to minimize the stresses that may fall upon them, children of divorce can have difficult lives at first. New York parents who have ended their marriages in divorce understand that it is difficult to protect children from the strains of ending a marriage. Not only must children learn to live without both of their parents living under a single roof but they may also have to adjust to a child custody schedule that throws off their normal routines.