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Posts tagged "Child custody"

Considerations when using a therapist to testify

There's no question that life in general can be tough for kids to cope with, especially when they are in the midst of a child custody dispute between their parents. A child who has witnessed or a divorce or who has just had to learn that their parents are going to live apart from each other permanently may need some help from a mental health professional to cope with these issues.

What are the goals of a child custody mediation?

As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, one option for resolving a child custody dispute is for the parents to go to mediation. Basically, a mediator will work with each parent and others in order to help the parents come to some resolution with respect to their custody and parenting time disputes.

Review of joint custody in California

This blog has mentioned the concept of joint custody before, but it may be helpful for Orange County parents to have a refresher on exactly what "joint custody" means, as the term can sometimes be used in different ways. A true joint custody arrangement implies that parents will split the time they have with their children 50-50 insofar as possible. A perfectly even split may not, however, be practical due to parents' work schedules and other reasons.

When are supervised visits an option?

Despite the fact that many California residents recognize the benefits of having both parents involved in their children's lives, in many cases, this is unfortunately not the best child custody option for families. For instance, in some cases, abuse between the parents or even between parent and child may make unrestricted visits a terrible idea for lots of reasons. In other cases, even if a parent is not abusive, things like drug use, untreated mental illnesses, absence or other factors may make parenting time a challenge that must be addressed with the utmost care and concern for the feelings and well-being of the children involved.

What factors will a court consider when deciding custody?

A child custody decision is one of the most important and difficult decisions that an Orange County, California, court can make. After all, usually both parents of the child are "good" parents who love their kids very much, but need a judge to resolve the disagreements between them.

Assistance in child custody cases

A previous post on this blog discussed how, in the vast majority of case, law enforcement authorities are not going to be able to help a parent who is in the midst of an ugly child custody or parenting dispute and who now needs legal help just to be able to see their child when they are supposed to.

Why can't I just have the police help enforce parenting time?

It is unfortunate reality that many couples, for many different reasons, have ongoing conflict after they separate. This conflict may spill over in to issues about their children and, in the worst cases, the end result could be a parent taking matters in to their own hands by depriving the other parent their rightful custody and visitation.

The role of a parenting coordinator in custody cases

A previous post on this blog talked about the role a guardian ad litem has in a child custody case in Orange, California. This blog has also previously reported on mediators, who are third parties that help parents and their attorneys resolve their custody disputes over custody or parenting time outside of court.

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