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Child Custody Archives

Parenting after divorce is important for the children

When California parents of young children get divorced, child custody, visitation and other parenting issues may arise. It is important that they keep their children's best interests in mind instead of placing their interpersonal conflicts at the forefront during and after their divorces so that their children may be better adjusted and happier.

Best interests of child paramount in child custody disputes

In most cases, California parents generally have a right to spend time with their children even after they get a divorce. In addition to determining the amount of time that a child spends with each parent, the custody agreement should explain where, how and when the exchange will take place.

Fathers in America

California fathers who reside with their children are being more involved in caring for them and are more helpful around the home. The number of fathers who are single or have chosen to remain the home while their spouse works has grown. However, the number of children who are growing up with no father in the household has grown as well.

Child custody preparation in the event of deportation

California parents whose immigration status is not documented might have a child custody option if deportation occurs. Volunteer lawyers and law students in some parts of the country have started helping parents who are uncertain about deportation file the necessary paperwork that allows them to transfer custody of their children to a trusted person in their state.

Why both parents should aim to be in their child's life

Scientific research has shown that children in California and throughout the country benefit when they have both parents in their lives. In fact, statistics from groups including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that 85 percent of those who are in prison were raised by single parents. Children brought up by only one parent also make up 85 percent of children who have behavioral disorders as well as 71 percent of high school dropouts.

Steps to take when seeking custody of a brother or sister

If a California resident wants to gain custody of a younger sibling, it may be possible to do without engaging in a legal battle. In some cases, it may be possible for an individual to simply ask the legal parent or guardian to give up custody. Some parents may actually relish the opportunity to be relieved of their duties, and it may make it easier on the parent, the child and the person seeking custody.

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.