Is Your Ex Not Abiding by Your Child Custody Order?

A child custody order is put in place to establish regulations between separated parents. This custody order states what type of custody has been established, whether sole or joint. It can also include information as to the specified drop off and pick up locations of the children as well as the holiday schedule for the parents.

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couple in court (free clip art)

A child custody order is supposed to help separated parents raise the child in the child’s best interest. The court regulates these orders, so failure to comply can be a serious offense. If your ex is not obeying the child custody order, you can petition the court to enforce the order. Your ex will also be required to go to court and explain to the judge why he or she did not obey the order.

If your ex is not abiding by your child custody agreement, you have the following options.

Remind your ex about the agreement.

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reminder (free clip art)

Sometimes mistakes can happen, and if you want to give your ex the benefit of the doubt, you can remind your ex about the agreement and point out how he or she has disobeyed the agreement. It may have been a lapse in judgment, and you may find that a simple reminder will whip them back into shape and force them to be more responsible about obeying the order. If your ex has broken the agreement multiple times, or if your reminder doesn’t seem to help, you have other, stronger options you can use.

Call the police.

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police (free clip art)

If your ex is not abiding by the child custody order, you have every right to call the police. Police officers are required to ensure all laws are being abided, and if your ex is not abiding by the order, he or she can be arrested.

Contact your attorney.

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attorney (free clip art)

Your attorney can also help you resolve the issue of your ex’s lack of compliance. Your attorney can write a letter to the other parent reminding them of their legal obligation to obey the child custody order. This letter will show your ex that you are serious about their failure to comply, and it will usually remind your ex about what consequences they may face by not abiding by the child custody order.

File a contempt of court motion.

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jail time (free clip art)

Your ex’s failure to comply with the child custody order is negligence of the court’s ruling. Filing a contempt of court motion shows the court that your ex failed to obey the order, and your ex will now face legal consequences due to their actions. In this situation, your ex will need to appear in court and explain why he or she did not obey the order. National Family Solutions can review these types of rulings, and if the judge finds that your ex is in contempt of court, your ex could lose any custody rights they previously held as well as serve jail time.

Cuban Food

A good friend of mine was born and raised in an area of Miami that is mostly Cubans. She moved to this area after college and I hired her to work as a legal secretary when I was running the law firm. She used to bring her lunch and sit with us in the lunchroom, and I was always asking her about the food that she had cooked and was bringing for lunch. Every once in a while she brought in enough to share with us – it was always delicious.

Today I found a website dedicated to Cuban food, taste of cuba dot com. I found several things that she used to make, with recipes and photos. I can’t to try out a few of them. Here’s a copy of the one I want to try first!

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Laser shows are fun to watch

It has been a very long time since I’ve been anywhere that had a laser show, but I usually find them quite entertaining to watch. One such example is the YouTube video that I’ve shared above this post. This particular laser show is of a French commercial for a brand of bottled water. I think the commercial is really funny! I’ve seen some YouTube videos of people’s homes that use lasers to put on a light show for holidays, and set them to music as well. Those are great to watch, too. My hubby has been talking about looking at lasers and wanting to order one to put on a show on our house for Christmas, too. He’s always wanting to decorate the house like crazy for Christmas!

I hate always telling him “no” about things like that – I feel like such a curmudgeon! But with money as tight as it is, I always worry about having enough money to pay the electric bill! Maybe I should just put the electric bill in his name and let HIM worry about it!

Get A Lawyer and Get it Done

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New Orleans (free clip art)

Having driven cross country several times, when I hear about bad news or tragedies in a different state, I can usually relate to that area with some vivid personal memories of that area. I’ve been fortunate enough to drive through or into all but 8 of the continental United States, and those remaining 8 are still a goal to see soon.

One of my favorite places to visit is New Orleans. Every time I’ve been to New Orleans I have enjoyed the experience – even the bad parts. For example, for the first and only time, I was the victim of a pickpocket while in New Orleans. I just marvel at how well the robbery was carried out – a real professional did it.

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Pick pocket (free clip art)

My niece and her husband moved to an area about one hour north of New Orleans last year, but she did not fare as well as I have. Shortly after their arrival she was involved in an automobile accident. Thankfully, she was not hurt badly, but her husband was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. She called home in a panic and we were able to find an attorney who specialized in personal injury in Louisiana by looking up the Gallagher Law Firm on the internet.

A lot of people may be reluctant to hire an attorney after being involved in an accident. I say, you can’t afford to take any chances and the only way you can get someone to fight for you and your rights is if you get a lawyer and get it done.

Shave and a Haircut Two Bits

When I was a little girl, I loved listening to my father play different instruments. He was such a talented musician! One of the things that I always laughed at was at the end of his performances at home, he would play the little “Shave and a Hair-Cut, two-bits” ditty. I had forgotten all about that until I watched this YouTube video today that was demonstrating a gold tone banjo. What a great memory that brought back!