Using Third Party Services as a Control Tactic

Extra-Curricular Activities Children benefit from participating in extra-curricular activities like sports teams, lessons or clubs. These activities tend to come with a time commitment for the children to be present at set times for practices, team building activities, recitals or games. There is usually a cost that is considered a section 7 expense requiring each… Continue reading Using Third Party Services as a Control Tactic

Daycare Exchanges

The daycare is sometimes used to exchange the child from one parent to the other. This means that the child is left at the daycare by one parent and picked-up by the other parent. This strategy limits contact between parents that fight or have safety concerns. A court order for daycare exchanges might state: The… Continue reading Daycare Exchanges

Christmas Parenting Time

Families that celebrate Christmas want to share the holiday with their children. Christmas holidays are loaded with exciting times and traditions. It’s a holiday filled with Christmas movies and music, decorations, Christmas trees, presents, baked goods and traditional meals enjoyed with loved ones. Christmas is even more magical for families with young children. Some families encourage… Continue reading Christmas Parenting Time

Halloween Parenting Time

Families with Halloween traditions want to share them with their kids. Some families carve pumpkins, decorate, bake spooky treats, make costumes, visit haunted houses and go trick-or-treating in their community. Halloween is full of fun memories (and candy) for children. After separation, parents want their children to spend Halloween with them to continue the traditions… Continue reading Halloween Parenting Time

Supervised Visits

In some parenting situations, one parent withholds the child from the other parent for reasons related to family violence, substance abuse issues, inappropriate discipline, inadequate parenting skills or neglect, lack of parenting experience or other significant concerns. In other situations, the child is withheld as a control tactic to dictate and control the other parent. The Primary… Continue reading Supervised Visits

School Supplies

Which parent buys the school supplies? School supplies are usually not a section 7 expense. In parenting situations where one parent has day-to-day care of the child and the other parent pays child support, the child support should be sufficient to help cover the routine costs of supplies. If the school supplies are above average… Continue reading School Supplies