I (Vicki Skinner - aka "THE Sarong Goddess") created this blog in 2007 to share DETAILED Finds•Lists•Info•Events•Experiences to help bring more EASE to people living in, visiting or thinking of moving to Costa Rica since DETAILS are NOT easy to find!
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Thursday, June 6, 2013

How to Avoid Your Child Being Kidnapped in a Child Custody Battle - or what to do IF it happens (for U.S. Citizens)

Having encountered a few parents (all mothers) involved in nasty CHILD CUSTODY BATTLES (so far - all I've encountered seemed to have some sort of a similar thread - that hubby had an affair and/or wanted a divorce and quite a few of them, the female it seems, might have made up some b.s. excuse - often that he abused her - but not the kids!  As a Children's Advocate - this TICKS the hell out of me!!!  Hey - whatever happened between the 2 of you - that's YOUR stuff/SHIT to work out!!  Do NOT NOT NOT take it out on the kids!!  It ALWAYS takes 2 to tangle!!!!  BE GROWN UPS!!!  Work on your UN-resolved issues with YOUR parents! (IDEALLY BEFORE you have kids!!!)

So here's what the U.S. government says•suggests on this issue:


Kristie said...

Sorry for the off topic, but wanted to make sure you see the question. I understand you are very familiar with house and pet sitting. My question: is it common practice in Costa Rica to pay rent while you are pet sitting? My husband and I were looking for a house to rent, we found this couple who needs somebody to take care of their pets for a few months. I thought people pay you to take care of their pets, not the other way around? I don't mind doing it for free, but paying $500 for rent in Costa Rica, while taking care of someone's pets, seems ridiculous to me. Please help! Am I wrong? I could use a second opinion. I appreciate it!

Living Life in Costa Rica 1 said...

Krisitie - it's Costa Rica - NOTHING is "normal" here! MANY people do not even pay you to watch their "family members" because they can get it for free.

Of course most of the people I work with with http://LovingYourPetHouseSitting.com have had problems doing that - things stolen,

So yes, SOME people do give you a reduced rent, or utilities included & you don't have to do a deposit (or some do which I think is SMART since theft/breakage DOES happen)

Everyone has different economic issues/needs.

The ONLY consistency in Costa Rica is the IN-Consistency!!! Sorry there's no clarity with my response!!!