Ah, summer vacation. It's a time of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation, not just for the children in your life, but for you as well. Life goes a bit slower, not running at its usual breakneck pace, and even the daily grind of your job seems a bit less stressful in the summertime. Summer is also the perfect time to go on a trip to make memories with your children. No matter if it's across the state or across the country, family vacations are prime bonding time for parents and children alike, allowing everyone to enjoy new experiences while growing closer. All that can change, though, if your vacation plans – or those of your former partner and your child's other parent – run afoul of a preexisting child custody or visitation agreement.
Beginning with the gender rights movements of the 1960s and 1970s, women have demanded equal treatment in the workforce and in society as a whole. Part of the newfound gender identity of the "modern" woman comes work outside the home, contrary to the traditional view of the stay-at-home mom who manages the family's domestic responsibilities while the father is the "breadwinner." As more women equal or surpass their husband's salary comes a new set of challenges, particularly if the couple should split.
Thanks mainly to movies and media coverage, nearly everyone knows what a prenuptial agreement is. These agreements – signed before a couple weds – serve to prevent disputes in the event of a divorce. They typically involve such things as property division, allocation of premarital debts and spousal support. What is much less known, however, is that this type of agreement can be used to dictate "lifestyle" behaviors like religious preference of the couple's future children and where the couple will live.
A recent Gallup poll gives telling insight into the growing societal acceptance of same-sex marriages; 55 percent of Americans now support laws making gay and lesbian marriages legal. The percentage is much higher for younger people (between the ages of 18 and 29), with eight out of every 10 people in that demographic supporting marriage equality regardless of sexual orientation.