The Ages 0-9 Months: Stages of Development of Children

Within each age and stage of development children are working to learn developmental tasks. Major changes in the child’s life or environment can impact the child’s ability to master new developmental tasks. Each child is unique and all children do not progress at the same rate.

For example, some six-year-old children progress quickly and do what might be typical of an eight- year-old child, while other six-year-old children progress more slowly and do what might be typical of a five-year-old child. Over the next several weeks, these blog posts should provide a list of developmental considerations that are likely to be important in creating a parenting time schedule.

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What Happens After a Report of Child Maltreatment?

After a report is made, it is first “screened” to see if it meets criteria to be assigned for a Child Protection Services (CPS) response. These criteria should be dictated by a state statute, but many mandated reporters and lawyers see significant variation in how state statutes are interpreted or applied at the initial screening stage of the process

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Client Communication with Opposing Party:Sixth Standard

Sixth Standard: R-E-L-A-X

Often time cases are made more difficult because parties love to text each other.  Now we all text message in both our professional and personal lives. However, in the context of a family law matter, clients must be aware of the risks that come with text messaging. A lot of clients are aware that they should not be talking on the telephone with the other party as that’s only going to lead to an argument. The inability to consistently get someone on the telephone increases the advantage of text messaging – just text and they’ll get it when they read it. Oftentimes text message communications go too far.

It’s entirely too easy to respond to a text message quickly and without consideration. Though we generally encourage clients to use text messages to acknowledge emergencies or delays where email would be inconvenient, such practice should be limited. Though email tends to be a little slower and a little more onerous, the average typing ability still allows people to better articulate themselves than typing everything with thumbs. Text messaging encourages abbreviations, brevity, and emojis-many of which parties wish they could take back after they’ve been sent.

Hence, the last principle is to relax. By this I mean, you don’t need to respond to every communication right away. With the principle of relaxing, I challenge you to do the following practice: determine more than one way to respond. Conceptually give in to your base instincts and determine how you want to respond. Then, because you’re challenging yourself to think of more than one response, perhaps you’ll think about any of the above principles to come up with another way to respond. Perhaps the second way you’re thinking about is the kind respond. Perhaps another one is focused on what’s best for the children. Perhaps the third one does both of those and demonstrates your understanding. If you relax and think of more than one response in time principles of this blog post will easily guide you as to which response to send.

Q & A: Increase in Child Support

Q & A: A client agreed in a divorce decree that she would not ever ask for a child support adjustment. The decree says that ‘if she does, any increase will be returned to the husband as an additional property settlement.’ The client now wishes to as for an increase in child support. Is there any authority for voiding such a clause or being granted a modification despite this clause in the decree?

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