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Child Custody Archives

Options for sharing child custody

California parents who are getting a divorce might wonder what type of custody arrangement would suit them and their children. There is a growing trend toward joint custody as recognition grows that children benefit from building relationships with both parents. However, joint custody can create instability for children as they have to move back and forth between their parents' homes. In some cases, a solution to that is an arrangement called "nesting".

When one parent is accused of substance abuse

California estranged parents of young children may be concerned if they believe that the other parent is abusing alcohol or drugs. If this happens during a custody dispute, the parent may want to bring it to the judge's attention at the custody hearing. The court's standard for making a custody decision is the best interests of the child, so the judge will consider how the substance abuse affects the parent's ability to care for the child.

Prohibiting contact with a child after a divorce

When going through a divorce, one California parent may gain primary or sole physical custody of a child or children. While the children will not physically be with the other parent, modern technology makes it easier for a noncustodial parent to stay in touch. Some custodial parents may not want to allow virtual correspondence, however, and this can become awkward.

When a child custody order may be modified

When California parents first separate, the court may finalize a custody arrangement that benefits the child. Over time, however, the child custody arrangement may no longer work, especially if one parent wants to move or remarry. Although the court generally will not alter a child custody arrangement, there are very specific cases where a modification may be granted.

Focusing on children during divorces

Many California couples whose marriages are ending are concerned about how their children will deal with it, but they're not sure how to make the process easier for their kids. Studies have shown that divorces can have lasting emotional effects on kids, but there are several ways that people can make the process smoother for kids. The parents should provide as much stability as possible for their children, and above all they should refrain from arguing in front of them.

Avoiding troubles during child custody exchanges

Readers from California may be interested in learning more about what can be done to facilitate a smooth transfer during child custody exchanges. Many difficulties can arise during the exchange process due to lingering animosities amid the parties involved. Although it's usually possible to work through them, some cases may require more detailed attention.

The benefits of co-parenting and parenting plans

The primary concern of divorcing parents in California and around the country generally is the welfare of the children involved is. Even spouses embroiled in acrimonious disputes are often able to put their differences aside during child custody and visitation discussions. When spouses accept that their former husbands or wives generally act with the best of intentions as far as their children are concerned, minor misunderstandings or questionable decisions can be less frustrating and easier to forgive.

When one divorced parent decides to move

Divorced parents in California might have the best interests of their children in mind when they initially decide to live near one another to make the transition easier for their child. However, according to one study, around 33 percent of men and half of all women are still angry at their former spouses 10 years after the end of the marriage. Some of this anger may carry into parents' interactions with one another and make compromise difficult.

Grandparent visitation in California

In certain situations, grandparents may be awarded visitation rights. This type of visitation is awarded in order to make certain that children receive the added developmental benefits of having access to those relatives. Grandparents may also be awarded custody of their grandchildren if both of the child's parents are deceased or if the parents are unfit.