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Approaching a paternity test discussion

Bringing up the topic of a paternity test alone is enough to throw most Kansas residents into a world of stress. Although ordering a test is possible without the mother or father's knowledge, many would prefer to keep communication open -- especially when it comes to family planning. Despite the fact that communication can help ease tension, many express confusion and worry over a paternity discussion and the procedures that follow.  

Those who fear the big discussion looming ahead are not alone. DNA testing service Identigene understands this common concern, outlining some ways to approach a talk on paternity testing as smoothly as possible. The first step can often become the most difficult, as Identigene encourages readers to explain to partners why a paternity test is necessary in the first place. Going about this step in a positive manner can help the other partner understand the situation, leaving them more likely to participate in the testing. For both mothers and fathers, it can also be advantageous to discuss the future of the relationship, as well as plans for the child, depending on the outcome of the test. 

America's changing family dynamics

45061231_S.jpgAs American families continue to shift away from traditional dynamics, so, too, have the laws that surround them. With the rise of blended families comes the need to plan for children in the best way possible. Some Kansas parents, however, cannot seem to reach an agreement. Just as the traditional household has changed, the gendered laws that prioritize mothers in regard to child custody have faded to the background.

Last December, The Washington Post highlighted recent potential changes within child custody laws. According to the report, roughly 20 states considered creating a more balanced system that promoted shared custody of children. While lawmakers consider the modifications, father's rights advocates have years of lobbying behind them; countless men feel they do not receive fair treatment when it comes to child custody. Critics of the proposed bills argue that they would only present setbacks in cases that involve abusive former spouses. Those in support claim the bills would update an antiquated system that prevents children from building meaningful relationships with their fathers.

What goes into a paternity test in Kansas?

23179098_S (1).jpgNo matter the situation at hand, the topic of establishing paternity can easily become a sensitive one. Many Kansas mothers and fathers even feel that such testing is unnecessary. However, each state contains paternity laws that ultimately help protect the children involved. As with many cases, however, there can be many gray areas to establishing paternity after welcoming a little one into the world.

DNA testing resource Identigene shares some basic facts on paternity testing, and considers the repercussions if a parent refuses a test. While each situation can contain it own unique challenges, Identigene notes that courts generally follow a straightfoward process when it comes to determining the father of a child. The following people can usually take legal action in these cases: a child's mother, the man claiming to be the biological father, a pregnant woman, the mother and father of an unborn child and social service agencies addressing neglect. This is not the complete list of those who can place matters into legal hands, but Identigene stresses that paternity tests are typically an enforced order from the court.

Divorce manners: react appropriately during the entire process

36419114_S (1).jpgNo matter who you are and no matter what the specifics are in your divorce, there is a way that you can carry and conduct yourself during the legal process that will improve your chances of expediting the divorce and possibly securing "wins" on critical issues inherent to your situation. Too many people involved in a divorce get anxious and angry about it all, leading to extreme difficult in negotiating and completing the divorce.

So what are some things that you can do to improve the overall process of your divorce? And what are some missteps to avoid during it all to give you more confidence as you move forward? 

Helping children understand and cope with divorce

57187657_S.jpgDivorce can take on many different meanings when children are involved. No matter the details of a situation, it can be difficult to explain a separation to young minds. Kansas parents going through divorce are all too familiar with this struggle, and some even postpone telling children about the issue at hand. What strategies might parents use to help younger family members understand and cope with divorce? 

While it is no rare occurrence, divorce can affect children in a number of complex ways. Kids Health examines some ideal approaches to helping children cope with divorce, stressing that waiting to inform children of a separation may not always be the best idea. Instead, parents may want to discuss the situation openly; asking children for feedback can also prove beneficial. However, the extent of information parents share might depend on the child's age and level of maturity. When it comes to coping with the plethora of emotions that can follow a divorce, Kids Health encourages parents to always offer support to their children, even if it means turning to a therapist. It is also important to get a child's opinion on new living situations, as some children thrive better when living in only one home. 

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