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What you need to know about supervised visitation

You've been granted supervised visitation with your child. You likely have a lot of questions about what that means, how it will work and what is expected of you. You may feel resentful that the only way you can see your child is if a social worker, counselor or adult family member is present. You may be required to go to a designated facility like a child care center. Sometimes, the child is allowed to come to the parent's home with the supervising adult.

Judges don't make this decision lightly. They want kids to be able to have a relationship with both parents. However, if there's a history of alcohol or drug abuse, violence, neglect or other issues that could threaten a child's health and safety, this is the only option if the parent wants to build (or rebuild) the parent-child bond. Supervised visitation allows kids to see parents whose fitness is in question in a safe, structured environment.

Things to know about probable cause

Let's say a police officer pulls you over in a traffic stop. Just thinking of the possibility of something like this happening may make your blood pressure rise. While it's true that facing a traffic stop or any other detainment situation with a law enforcement officer can be quite stressful, if you're fully aware of your personal rights and how to protect them, you may be able to mitigate your circumstances, especially if the situation lands you behind bars.  

Most adults in North Carolina and other states understand that police can't go around making random arrests because they feel like it. They are officers of the law who are strictly and legally bound to certain protocol and regulations when conducting searches, seizures or taking someone into police custody. The more you know about your Fourth Amendment rights and probable cause, the more easily you may be able to rectify a personal rights violation problem if one arises. 

Handling post-divorce graduations with an ex

Even if you and your co-parent have worked to avoid spending any more time than necessary together since your divorce, a child's graduation is one of those occasions where you'll likely have to be together. You may also have to deal with ex in-laws you may not have seen for a long time or your ex's new significant other.

Of course, high school and college graduations are a big deal. However, these days, middle schoolers all the way down to pre-kindergartners have graduation ceremonies. The point is, you may be dealing with this a lot sooner than you anticipated.

Fraternity members arrested on multiple drug charges

Yet another fraternity at East Carolina University (ECU) is facing disciplinary action due to the alleged activities of its members. Four members of Phi Kappa Tau are facing multiple criminal charges following a raid of their fraternity house. The Greenville Regional Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant, which was executed on April 10, on the house.

According to the task force, which includes local and campus police officers as well as state and federal agents, including representatives of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), agents found large quantities of Xanax as well as marijuana, which they say was being sold from the location. They also reportedly seized two shotguns and drug paraphernalia.

Some tips for when your co-parent gets a new significant other

One of the most biggest changes that divorced couples face in their co-parenting relationship is when one of them gets a new significant other who becomes part of the kids' lives. Despite whatever conflicted feelings this may bring up for you, it's important to encourage your kids to accept and get along with this new person. After all, you'd want your ex to do the same for you. The more adults your kids have in their lives who care about them, the better off they'll be.

If you're fortunate, your relationship with your ex is good enough that he or she tells you about this person. However, you may hear about the new significant other from your kids. Either way, you have every right to meet anyone who's going to be part of your kids' lives. If your ex doesn't want to arrange it, you should find a way to make it happen.

The case against nondisclosure agreements

Businesses that deal in products where intellectual property is key often require all employees (and sometimes even people who interview for jobs) to sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA). These documents bind the parties who sign them from disclosing or misusing confidential information they become privy to as part of their work.

While an NDA is often one of the first documents placed in front of a new hire, there are potential disadvantages to business owners who do that. These disadvantages are worth considering.

What's the role of a parenting coordinator?

Sometimes the relationship between separated or divorced parents is so conflict-ridden that they're unable to co-parent their children healthily. Some states, including North Carolina, have laws that address the role of parenting coordinators (PC) in these high-conflict cases.

A high-conflict situation isn't just one where parents don't like each other or occasionally disagree on parenting issues. For a PC to be ordered, a judge must believe that a child's well-being is at risk, short-term and possibly long-term, because of a couple's inability to work together as parents.

Go slowly when building a blended family

Many divorced parents have no interest in getting into a new romantic relationship for some time after their marriage ends. They're still adjusting to their new lives. Often they want to be single for awhile. More importantly, they don't want to introduce a new significant other into their children's lives.

However, eventually, many divorced parents are ready to seek out a new partner, or love finds them when they aren't looking. When things get serious, whether you marry your new partner or not, if he or she becomes part of your family, you need to set clear boundaries and expectations regarding that person's relationship with your kids.

Did your child's divorce leave your grandchildren in your care?

As a grandparent, you likely look forward to any time you get to spend with your grandchildren. Those kids may bring a great joy to your life and allow you to spread your love in a way that makes you feel needed and important. Of course, being a grandparent can also have its difficult points, especially when your child ends his or her marriage or may not have the ability to properly care for your grandchildren.

When your child goes through divorce, you likely understand that he or she will have many difficult decisions to make, and when it comes to child custody, you may have concerns of your own. You may wonder if you will see your grandchildren less often or if you will have the ability to see them at all. On the other hand, a divorce may prove so difficult on your child that your grandchildren end up staying with you for a majority of the time.

Reworking custody and visitation when 1 parent moves away

When most couples divorce, they're usually still living fairly close to one another. If they have children, they can generally work out a shared custody arrangement where the kids can regularly spend time with both parents, even if one parent has primary physical custody.

However, life brings changes. Sometimes one parent is required to move to another state by his or her employer or to pursue a better career opportunity. Sometimes, one parent wants or needs to move away to be closer to family or live in a more affordable area.

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