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Considering the Child’s Preference in California Child Custody Cases

When a couple gets married, they don’t expect it to end in divorce, but for many, divorce becomes an eventual reality. Divorce can be hard for everyone involved, especially when there are children involved. Both parents contribute to the child’s well-being, but one parent may be the primary caregiver while the other parent is the chief financial provider. Both the caregiver and the financial provider are essential in raising a happy, healthy family. But how does the California court respond when the child in the case has a preference regarding custody? A child might prefer the idea of living with…

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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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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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Will the California Family Law Court Separate Siblings in Child Custody Cases?

Divorce is often painful and traumatic for those going through it, but even as the adults struggle to cope, it can be even more difficult for the children involved. When parents split up, a child’s entire world undergoes a dramatic change. For children, divorce often arrives with new living situations, different schools, and with the change comes uncertainty. During these times of extreme difficulty, siblings often lean on each other. This leaves many worried about whether or not the court will order split custody. Will the California family court separate siblings during divorce proceedings?  For those worried about siblings being…

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Can a Temporary Child Custody Order be Modified?

If you are in the midst of a divorce or custody case, the court may have already issued a temporary custody order. Temporary custody orders are intended to keep the life of the child stable while the court takes the time to come to a permanent custody decision. Most temporary custody orders aim to prevent moving the children back and forth between households. But can a temporary order be changed/ What if the temporary custody orders are the cause of stress or strife in the life of the child? What if something significant has happened in the life of the…

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What Role does a Child's Opinion Play in Contested Custody Cases?

When a parent couple decides to get divorced, one of the biggest worries is around child custody. In the event that they fail to arrive at a mutual agreement on their own, the court will have to intervene in the matter and the judge would take a decision on initial custody. This implies that at least in the beginning, the court will decide where the child lives and the division of visitation and custody between the two partners. The U.S. court system is often faced with the challenge of protecting the best interests of a child in high-conflict custody cases….

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