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Family law: Divorced parents and disciplining children

Raising children can be hard even when both parents are living in the same household. But when parents are divorced and the kids are shuffled between two abodes, issues surrounding discipline may crop up. Even if Connecticut parents have issues between themselves, when they put those on the back burner and focus on their children's best interests, it may be much easier to co-parent using family law guidelines, and that includes what to do when it comes to correcting children's untoward behavior.

Family law: At what point can a child be left at home alone?

Leaving a child at home alone may make a parent's heart race. Family law rules in Connecticut and other states make it clear that there is an appropriate age to leave children at home alone for short periods of time. Authorities in all areas agree that kids age 7 or younger should never be left alone and always need supervision. In most other respects much hinges on the maturity level of the child(ren).

Family law: Child discipline in Connecticut

The American Academy of Pediatrics tells parents that spanking isn't a positive form of disciplining a child and suggests it should be avoided. Under family law in Connecticut there are no hard and fast rules about disciplining children. Apart from not using excessive force, however, there are suggestions. Helping children to control their behavior with appropriate tools at various ages may be the key.

Family law in Connecticut: Can cousins marry?

The old adage, kissin' cousins, can be taken quite literally in some states, though less so in others. Despite what people think about the moral aspects of first cousins marrying, one of the states that allows such marriages under family law rules is Connecticut. Most of the concerns center around genetics with the assumption that cousins may share similar DNA, which could possibly mean possible developmental problems should they have children.

Family law: Connecticut teachers and kids' home lives

Most teachers agree that, if their students' parents are divorcing, it's best if they know about it. Although there is nothing under family law in Connecticut that says parents are obliged to tell their children's teachers should they decide to separate, it may be in the best interest of their children, since kids spend a great amount of time around their teachers, and so they can gauge any changes in behavior. However, very few parents actually do tell their kids' teachers about their home lives.

Family law in Connecticut: A solid parenting plan can do wonders

With a solid parenting plan, a divorcing couple is on the right path to parent their children in a positive manner even amidst the most stressful circumstances. Family law in Connecticut strives to give parents the means by which they can be good parents to their kids even as separate individuals. A parenting plan is a legally binding document that spells out certain particulars of the lives of children of divorce such as where and with whom they'll be living.

Connecticut family law: Making great co-parents after divorce

Children often bear the brunt of many emotions when their parents divorce. A divorcing couple could spill their emotions onto their children. However, Connecticut family law provides tools for parents to become successful co-parents even when emotions are raw and unsettled. Instead of all the don'ts associated with divorce and how to move forward to parent children, psychologists recommend focusing on the do's.

Family law in Connecticut: The malicious parent syndrome

Stress and divorce walk hand in hand. Even though family law in Connecticut gives a separating couple the means by which to ease that stress, the situation may be fraught with bitterness and anger. Although there is something called "malicious mother syndrome," it could equally apply to fathers in similar situations and is also referred to as malicious parent syndrome.

Connecticut family law: Telling kids about shared custody plans

The more children know about what is going to happen to them after their parents split up, the better they are likely to handle the situation. Even in the most difficult circumstances, letting kids know about custody plans will help them to move forward as their living situations change. These kinds of custody legalities in Connecticut are under the family law umbrella.

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