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The basics of child custody and visitation in California

When contemplating a divorce, many Californians worry most about which spouse will be awarded physical custody of their children and what arrangements will the court order for visitation by the non-custodial parent. While the final decision on these issues will be made by the judge, the parents can play an important role in resolving issues of child custody and visitation.

Shared parenting may be best option for children after divorce

Many California couples who are considering ending their marriage wonder about how best to plan for their children after the divorce. Should one parent have physical custody with regular visitation by the other parent? How does a joint parenting plan work out for the children? Several recent studies, including one in California, appear to indicate that joint parenting plans work better than virtually all other options.

Modifying child support in a California divorce

Many Californians view the entry of a judgment of divorce as the end of the travails of the divorce process. Unfortunately, life does not always evolve as we expect, and more than a few divorced California parents have made the painful discovery that their original agreement regarding child support has been derailed by unforeseen events.

Enforcement of child support orders from other states

California draws many of its residents from other states. Many people who move into the state are divorced and are receiving or are paying child support. A common question is how a person who got divorced in one state and then moves to California can enforce a child support order. A related question is how can a person who lives in California enforce a support order that was obtained in a different state.

How is child custody resolved if one parent wants to move?

As most Californians realize, life can be uncertain - especially after a divorce. Most people treat the entry of the final decree dissolving the marriage and settling issues of child custody and support as the last step of an emotionally draining journey. Unfortunately, many things can happen thereafter that may only reopen old wounds. One of the most devastating events is the potential relocation of one of the parents.

Understanding parenting plans in California divorces

Under California law, divorcing parents have the option to jointly prepare a parenting plan for their minor children. Parenting plans are not mandatory, but the process of reviewing and thinking about the information that must be included in such a plan can help one or both spouses move through what is usually the most emotionally draining issue in any divorce.

Using a wage assignment to collect child support

One of the most vexing problems for divorcing Californians is ensuring the payment of child support by the non-custodial spouse. Often, the custodial parent relies on the child support payments to pay a substantial portion of the child's expenses and an approved percentage of household expenses. If the child support payments do not arrive on time, or if they are less than the full amount, the custodial parent may be unable to buy food or pay essential household expenses or provide food for the family. Fortunately, California law provides a collection mechanisms that can often be effective in ensuring the timely and complete payment of child support.

Facebook is an excellent way to connect. It can also be damaging.

From Facebook to Instagram to Twitter - these 21st Century platforms provide the ability to see inside the daily, private life of an individual like never before. A follower can see photos or videos of an individual's recent trip abroad, a new baby-even a new haircut-on these social media sites.

What parents can learn from Kelly Rutherford's custody battle

Since 2012, Gossip Girl actress, Kelly Rutherford continues to captivate imaginations with her spectacularly dramatic legal battles. She lost a six year international custody war with her German husband. She subsequently filed for bankruptcy which she was granted this year.

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