Posted On: May 18, 2016, Category : Child CustodyNo Comments Child under 14 in court

Historical precedent in matters of child custody rarely, if ever, considered the wishes of the child. Today, when specific criteria's are met, family court judges go to great lengths to give the child’s perspective due weight in custody proceedings. California Family Code section 3042 delineates the rights of children to voice a preference to their...

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Posted On: Mar 16, 2016, Category : Child CustodyNo Comments

Blended families, or stepfamilies, are more common today than they have ever been in modern U.S. history. While blended families come in all shapes and sizes, the legal definition of a stepparent and his or her role is quite specific. A parent is only considered a stepparent once they marry someone with children of their own. Stepparents are basically...

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Posted On: Feb 15, 2016, Category : Co-ParentingNo Comments

The primary focus in creating a stable co-parenting environment must be the children. While nearly all newly divorced parents agree with this in theory, their actions following their separation may not line up. The personal animosities and resentments that likely fueled the divorce may still linger, clouding your focus when your children need you...

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Posted On: Feb 08, 2016, Category : Child Custody VisitationsNo Comments

In a split-custody situation, it can be hard to make the most out of your time with your kids. If your ex spouse has an irregular schedule, it can get downright hectic, inviting conflict and confusion. Spending time with your child should be your top priority, so here are some things to keep in mind to address visitation conflict and make the most of the...

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Posted On: Oct 27, 2015, Category : Child CustodyNo Comments

Each state’s child custody laws are ostensibly designed to prioritize the best interests of the child in determining a parenting plan. California prides itself on fair and progressive handling of child custody, defaulting to 50/50 custody between parents whenever geographically convenient, with few exceptions. The system sounds reasonable in theory,...

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