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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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Avoiding a Custody Battle

Most divorcing couples no longer have a healthy relationship with their spouse. When attempting to work through a divorce amidst a shattered relationship, it can feel impossible to resolve divorce related issues outside of a courtroom. If you are in this type of tense situation and you are looking at a divorce, try to focus your efforts to agree on custody first. The custody battle played out in the family courtroom should be avoided if at all possible. Why Is It Important to Avoid a Child Custody Battle? 1. When the court decides on child custody, it can be expensive,…

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Common Schedules California Judges Order for Joint Physical Custody

California child custody cases will hinge on the best interest of the child. Using this standard, the judge will award either sole or joint physical custody of the child. Physical custody refers to where your child resides physically, where they live and where they receive their everyday care. An order of sole physical custody means that the child lives with one parent and that parent is the custodial parent. The child’s other parent typically has designated visitation time and is referred to as the non-custodial parent. In some cases, the judge will award joint physical custody. What is Joint Physical…

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The Rights of Unmarried Fathers

Fathers enjoy a special bond with their children and unmarried fathers are not an exception to this rule. The laws of the United States recognize this and have formalized fathers’ rights – even in cases when the father of the child was not married to the mother. Historically, unmarried fathers did not enjoy very many rights in comparison to fathers who were married to the mother of the child or unmarried mothers. Throughout the years this inequality in child custody law has been challenged – particularly in cases where the unmarried mother decides to give the child up for adoption….

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What To Do When You Lose Your Child Custody Case

When you lose your child’s custody, it can be a terrible experience for you as a parent. It will be quite tough to come to terms with the fact that your court thinks that your kids will be better off with the other parent. When such a thing happens to you, there are certain steps that you may take so that there could be a reversal of the decision and you can win back your children’s custody. You can try out some of the tips mentioned below. Do some serious self-retrospection on what went wrong Take an unbiased approach on…

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4 Tips for Successful Co-Parenting

For many couples, a custody battle is a big headache and they try to avoid it as much as possible. For this reason, many settle for joint custody arrangements. However, even joint custody arrangements can become maddening and exhausting, especially for couples who have had a strained relationship. There are divorces where neither of the spouses wants to be fully responsible for the child. It usually happens when both parents are working and none have the entire day to look after children. For such parents, co-parenting is a great option but sometimes even that can become tough. If you are…

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The "Right of First Refusal" Concept In California Custody Cases

The “Right of First Refusal” concept in California divorces awards the holder the option to undertake responsibility of the child in the absence of the other spouse. What is means is that after a legal custody battle one parent can take care of the child during the time that has been allotted for the other parent. The right of first refusal allows parents to take responsibility of child care instead of awarding it to a third party. The right of first refusal has two advantages. First, the child is not put into the hands of a third party. Second, the…

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Top 3 Ways To Keep Your Kids Happy Even After Divorce

Most divorced couples, as well as divorce experts, would agree that kids get highly affected by the conflict between their parents after the latter are divorced. It is interesting to note that kids are not harmed by their parents’ divorce, rather the onus lies on those parents who do not give first priority to their kids during the divorce. As parents, it is your responsibility to do the best for your kids after the divorce comes through so that they do not turn into collateral victims. Are you a worried parent who does not want your divorce to cause a…

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The Role Of Parents & Grandparents In California Child Custody

In 2000, a landmark decision was passed regarding custody and visitation rights of grandparents after the Troxel vs. Granville case. The Court in that case ruled that when it comes to child custody, parents have the upper hand because they are the primary caregiver. However, minor children are also allowed to spent time with their grandparents and it depends upon the decision of the parents. Parents are given more preference In cases where both parents and grandparents are involved in custodial battles, the court gives more preference to parents. Also, more significance is given to a parent’s objections regarding visitations…

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How To Make Visitation Easier After Divorce

Divorce can be a chaotic stage in a couple’s life, full of upheaval, changes, and uncertainty. Additionally, when there are children in the marriages, things can be quite tough on them. If you want to make things easier and smoother for them as a parent, both you and your former spouse should collaborate in a manner to ensure that there are no hiccups in the visitation process. Divorce experts will vouch for it that parenting the kids is the most crucial task for you as a parent. So, if you and the other parent can work out things in a…

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