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California Divorce: What Happens When One Parent Wants to Move Away with the Children?

Divorce results in a lot of changes. When parents divorce, those changes ripple through the entire family. Many parents move after a divorce. They may need to downsize, decrease expenses, or put space between their old life and their new life. Many parents change jobs. They may be seeking more stable employment now that they are a one-income household or looking for new opportunities, a higher income, more accommodating hours so they can be home more with their children, etc. Job changes often result in relocating as well. A judge cannot require that a California parent remains in the state…

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Can Children Express Preference in California Child Custody Cases?

Divorcing parents have to make countless difficult decisions, but the most difficult decision of all is determining child custody. Parents tend to have differing opinions on the subject of both custody and visitation. The child often wants to have a say in where they end up living but do California courts consider the child’s preference when determining custody? In California, the court determines custody for children when the parents are not able to agree on a custody arrangement on their own. When determining child custody in California, the judge considers numerous factors: History of caregiving for the child on the…

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How to Prepare for Your California Child Custody Case

As a loving, involved parent, there is nothing more terrifying than the thought of losing custody of your child. If you are a parent getting divorced in California, prepare for your child custody case, so you’re ready for court. Preparing for a California Child Custody Case: 1.    Keep a Journal – Lawyers and judges look to records and documents whenever possible. Keep a journal of activities you spend time doing with your children. Note in the journal when the events take place, the time spent, the time the other parent spends, the times the other parent goes to work, arrives home,…

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What is a Parallel Parenting Plan and When is it a Good Idea?

Some divorced parents have no trouble interacting when necessary. They don’t have any problem discussing their child’s schedule, attending parent-teacher conferences side by side or calmly presenting differing opinions on important issues related to raising their child. Some divorced parents may not even find it difficult to invite their ex over with their new spouse to celebrate a child’s birthday. Other divorced parents that do not find it simple to discuss important issues with their ex regarding raising their child, find it pointedly difficult to avoid simple discussions escalating to contentious arguments, and are not capable of interacting with each…

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California Child Custody: 4 Common Divorce Settlements

When it comes to child custody cases, California courts focus their efforts and every decision on the best interests of the children. State laws across the entire nation require that courts base their decisions on child custody on what is in the best interests of the child or children involved. The state of California is no exception. When discussing California child custody is useful to differentiate between the two types of custody: physical custody and legal custody. Both types can be awarded as joint custody or sole custody. Legal custody refers to a parent being authorized to make major life…

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California Divorce: Recognizing the Signs of Parental Alienation

Lifestyle shifts during divorce can make a child feel unbalanced and can threaten their wellbeing. In response, they may instinctively push one parent away as they struggle with issues of trust. When this behavior is consistent, it is called Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS). Parents going through a divorce should be aware of the signs that indicate they may be dealing with parental alienation. Common Signs of Parental Alienation: Attributing everything good to one parent and everything wrong to the other Adopting the behaviors of one parent while insisting that they are acting on their own Rejecting the extended family of…

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What Happens When Parents Cannot Agree on a Parenting Plan?

Agreeing with your spouse during divorce proceedings can be extremely difficult. Emotions are high, resentments are festering, and parents often have a hard time seeing past all of this to come to terms on a parenting plan. Too often, divorcing parents cannot seem to agree on a parenting plan. What Happens When Parents Cannot Agree on a Parenting Plan? Divorce Mediation: Parents seeking a cooperative approach to a divorce or separation often turn to mediation. This type of cooperative approach to divorce and child custody can strengthen the conflict-free environment and create a firm foundation for a successful, long-term co-parenting…

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How to Defend Against False Child Abuse Claims During a Child Custody Case

Sadly, the family court hears more than its fair share of child abuse accusations. More frequent in high-conflict custody battles where tempers are already on edge and arguments escalate at a rapid pace, parties feel the strain of the situation and may be tempted to make unwarranted accusations. Parents in tense, custody cases sometimes believe that accusing the other parent of child abuse will increase their chances of winning child custody, but the strategy is flawed at best. Judges do err on the side of caution regarding the safety of children, but judges also do not generally limit parenting rights…

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5 Tips for Splitting Custody During School Vacations and Holidays

Vacations and holidays should be a time of happiness and joy when everyone can spend time enjoying their friends and family. That is precisely why they can often be the most difficult times for those who have experienced divorce; particularly those whose divorce included a battle for custody. Parents ‘don’t always agree on holiday plans and how their children should spend their free time and school vacations, especially when parents are no longer together. These differing opinions can easily lead to arguments and resentment for co-parents. For co-parents attempting to avoid uncomfortable situations to allow their children and their family…

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How to Avoid Ending Up in California Court Arguing About Child Custody

In some California divorce cases, the court decides child custody. To avoid releasing the power to determine child custody to the California court, parents simply have to agree. We say simply, but in many cases, there is nothing simple about coming to terms on the custody of the children. How Can Divorcing Parents Resolve Child Custody? 1.    Informal Negotiations between the Parents: If parents in a custody dispute are willing to work together informally to resolve custody and visitation issues, they can negotiate their own agreement. 2.    Informal Negotiations between Attorneys: Parents in a custody dispute who are willing to…

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