As a parent, you want the best for your child, even if you are no longer with the child's other parent. However, child support orders regularly become heavier burdens than a parent can reasonably bear. This can happen a number of ways. A court may hand down an order that is unreasonable during the initial custody dispute, or your circumstances may change, making a once reasonable order very difficult to honor.
If you are a stepparent, you may feel that you are between a rock and a hard place when it comes to making decisions about raising the child you love. Even if you operate as the father or mother of child from day to day, his or her biological parents still retain the lion's share of legal authority over the parenting decisions.
When it comes to gaining or losing custody of a child you love, it is important to understand that "custody" is not a single monolithic thing, but rather a term that refers to a number of different types of custody arrangements that can vary greatly. Different types of custody imply different rights and privileges, and understanding the differences is key to creating a truly fair custody plan.
Child custody is one of the most important issues couples have to work out in the divorce process. Ideally, couples are able to set their differences aside and come up with a mutually acceptable solution that best serves the needs of the child. For one reason or another, many couples are not able to do this, and require the intervention of the court to resolve the matter.