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The advantages of spending time in the kitchen with your kids

If you're looking for new things to do at home when you have custody of your kids, why not try cooking together? This is an excellent opportunity for parents and children to do something fun and creative as a team, learn something new and have a chance to talk.

Helping kids navigate divorce

When parents in California make the decision to divorce, they may be concerned about how the changes to their relationship will affect their children. Absent a context of neglect or abuse, divorce does not have to interfere with either parent's relationship with the kids. By keeping some key priorities in mind, parents can help their children to navigate the changing home environment that comes with divorce successfully. While different concerns may arise for children of different ages, both parents have a role to play in supporting their children's emotional health throughout the process.

Preparing to co-parent after divorce

When parents in California decide to divorce, they may face challenges transitioning to a co-parenting relationship. Many people want to avoid hurting their children and fear they may do so by separating while other people have a highly strained relationship. Whether the separation is proceeding amicably or less so, the spouses involved still need to find a way to navigate parenting together. There are several steps that people can take to help lead the way to a positive co-parenting framework that can help parents raise their children after a divorce.

Why an old calendar is helpful in child custody cases

As soon as the new year starts, one of the first things that many California residents do is throw away their old calendar and put up a new one. However, this may not be the best move to make if a person is considering filing for a divorce and wants custody of their children.

How fathers can overcome bias in child custody cases

California parents going through a divorce may wonder if there is evidence showing bias on the part of the courts when deciding parental rights. Many fathers fear that a judge's bias will favor the mother, especially when it comes to child support.

Visitation rights not contingent on child support

When a California co-parenting arrangement gets contentious, the parties involved might act with malice toward one another, seeking to deny visitation for any reason. In most cases though, visitation rights cannot be denied unless the child is being subjected to violence, abuse, or imminent danger. Among the most common illegitimate reasons a parent might try to deny the visitation rights of the other are bitterness or resentment toward the ex or a new partner, falling behind on support payments, refusal by the child or sickness of the child.

Steps to take after an ex has filed for child custody

Relationships can be complicated, especially when children are involved. California residents who have child custody on their mind, particularly when an ex-partner has started the custody process, may wonder what they can do. Here are a few things that can help an individual whose ex-spouse is filing for custody.

Making co-parenting work with a toxic former spouse

When family law judges in California and around the country make child custody decisions, they tend to favor co-parenting arrangements. The results of several studies suggest that children are less likely to be traumatized by a divorce if they are able to spend time with both of their parents, but making co-parenting work can be extremely difficult when one of the parents is selfish, narcissistic or bitter.

Making a child custody hearing more convenient

Parents in California or any other state who get divorced generally have the ability to retain a relationship with their children. In most cases, a judge will determine who has custody of the child as well as the rights of the noncustodial parent. However, it is possible that a child custody hearing will be scheduled at an inconvenient time or in an inconvenient location. Fortunately, parents may be able to appear at a hearing by phone or by video.

Why joint custody is becoming more popular

Traditionally, mothers usually got sole custody of their kids after a divorce. However, over the past three decades, it has become more common for parents to share custody of their children. Generally speaking, most child custody cases in California and throughout the country start by assuming that joint custody rights are in the child's best interest. In some cases, a parent may be entitled to legal custody without being granted physical custody rights.


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