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Child Custody Archives

Review of grandparents' visitation rights in California

A child's grandparents can easily get overlooked during a custody dispute or even when things in a family are running smoothly, that is, without any major wrangling over custody and visitation. On the other hand, in Orange County, California, as well as most other parts of the country, grandparents play a vital role in a child's growth and development. Losing that relationship can have a long-term impact on a child.

How can California parents create a parenting plan out-of-court?

For parents in California going through a divorce, some of the most important decisions they will make are regarding their child. Specifically, decisions will need to be made regarding child custody and parenting time (visitation). A parenting plan will need to be created that includes information regarding each parent's responsibilities for raising their child. This includes not only where the child will live (physical custody), but also how major decisions regarding the child's upbringing will be made (legal custody) and how much parenting time the child will spend with each parent.

Now's the time to review your holiday child custody plan

The winter holidays are upon us, and for many in California it is a time for family. However, for parents who are divorced the holiday season becomes a lot more complicated. When the couple divorced, they may have included a holiday child custody schedule in their parenting plan. Now is a good time to review that schedule, perhaps with the help of an attorney, so everyone, including the child, knows what to expect.

How is child support calculated in California?

When two parents in California decide to end their relationship with one another, one issue they will face is that of child support. While no parent wants to see his or her child suffer or live a lesser quality of life, they still will want to see that the amount of child support owed is fair to both parties.

What happens to child custody when the child is sick?

Life can throw a wrench into even the most well-crafted parenting plan following a divorce. For example, California parents can expect that their child will get sick from time to time. However, what happens if the child is ill during the child custody exchange, that is, when the child is to go from one parent's home to the other parent's home? Should the parents go ahead with the exchange, or should they wait until the child is better?

Can "bird's nesting" be a feasible child custody arrangement?

Parents in Orange County may assume that after a divorce, each of them will have their own separate households, and the child will travel between the two during custody and visitation periods. Indeed, that is the general picture of child custody in our nation. However, there is one other living arrangement divorced parents may want to consider: bird's nesting.

What can you do if your ex violates their child custody order?

In California, a court-ordered child custody and visitation schedule is a legally binding document. Therefore, it needs to be clear as to which parent has the child in their care and when. This includes not just daily or weekend custody and visitation, but also special events such as birthdays, holidays and vacations. All parties caring for the child or exchanging the child should have a copy of the order. If the parents informally agree to change the existing child custody and visitation schedule, they should still go to court for a new order reflecting these changes.

Creating a parenting plan through child custody mediation

Parents who are no longer in a relationship with each other, whether they recently divorced or were never married, still want to see that their break-up does not harm their children too much. While there may be some animosity between the child's parents, sometimes, for the sake of the child, they want to avoid fighting for child custody in court. One alternative in California for parents in this situation is child custody mediation.

Child custody issues can be emotional, but help is available

It is only natural that most parents in California want to spend as much time as possible with their child. This is what makes child custody issues in a divorce so emotional. Parents have to come to the realization that the time they have with their child may have significantly changed. Consequentially, they must also realize that, when their child is with the other parent, they lose some level of control over their child's life. The legal professionals at Kevin Qualls Family Law understand that this makes establishing a child custody plan that meets the needs of the parents and moreover protects the best interests of the child very challenging.

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