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After Divorce: Co-Parenting and Your Child’s Schedule

Are you getting divorced? Are you overwhelmed with all the decisions you have to make? You are not alone. Many find themselves in similar circumstances. One of the most common concerns and most difficult choices divorcing parents struggle with is how the kids will spend time with each of their parents during and after divorce. In most cases, this involves a detailed Parenting Plan that becomes part of the Divorce Agreement. The main focus of any good parenting plan is the child’s well-being. Determining Your Child’s Schedule After Divorce: In cases where there is current conflict, it can be tough…

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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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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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3 Methods of Diffusing High Conflict Co-Parenting

Co-parenting is difficult in many cases, but in some cases, it is so difficult that it is described as high conflict. High conflict co-parenting takes its toll on the co-parents, the children, and the families involved. It can take time to discover healthy ways to deal with the situation. Signs that You May Be Experiencing High Conflict Co-Parenting: You do not speak to your ex about anything outside of your child. When you speak about your child or situations pertaining to your child, you always disagree.   You or your spouse or both of you are in and out of…

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How to Connect With Your Child Long Distance After Divorce

Of the many challenges that families are presented with by divorce, living at a distance is often one of the most difficult to cope with for both parents and children. It is never easy for a child to be separated from their parents; whether the separation is due to a brief business trip or a move across the country for personal reasons or a new job. Similarly, parents miss their kids when they aren’t able to see them on a regular basis. When parents are divorced, it is vital that they make every effort to keep in touch with their…

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Tips on Co-Parenting Graduates and Brides

As graduation draws near, many divorced or and separated parents are experiencing conflicting emotions. They find themselves facing important events in their child’s life that requires the presence of both parents. When two people have a child together, there are certain celebrations like graduation and weddings that the child will want to spend with both parents. Being able to set aside any animosity for the occasion can make all the difference for the child. Navigating this type of territory can be uncomfortable at best, but it can be done. If you find yourself co-parenting a bride or a groom or…

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Tracking Apps, Joint Custody and Privacy Issues

When you have joint physical custody of your child with your ex, there are a number of difficulties that you may plan on dealing with – scheduling conflicts, disagreements regarding holidays and vacations, miscommunications regarding after school care, etc. One issue that is becoming more and more common for co-parents is the privacy issue that comes when a custodial parent uses a gps tracking app on their child’s phone without the other parent’s knowledge. Is Using a GPS Tracking App or Device a Violation of the Other Parent’s Privacy? Consider this scenario that has become fairly common in today’s society….

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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 Impact of Domestic Violence on California Child Custody Cases

Does domestic violence matter when a family law judge is considering a case for California child custody? Does it make a difference in the judge’s order for legal or physical custody or for the amount of visitation that a parent will receive? This article will address these frequently asked questions. If there is a finding of domestic violence, and the parent who was the victim seeks and receives a restraining order, does that mean that the restrained parent must stay away from the other one? Does this affect custody of the children? In most cases, the answer is yes. A…

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How to Prepare for a Custody Battle

If you are a parent in the midst of a heated divorce or if you are looking at a divorce looming on the horizon, you probably worry about the court’s opinion regarding what is best for your child in terms of custody. If you are committed to winning child custody – you need to know what you need to do and not do in order to have the best shot possible at attaining your goal. How to Present Yourself During a Custody Battle: Demonstrate a willingness to work with your ex. In some cases, a parent may actually lose child…

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