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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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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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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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What Are the Rights of Noncustodial Parents in California?

If you are a non-custodial parent attempting to navigate the child custody laws in California, you already know that it can be a daunting task. It’s very important to understand the differences between physical and legal custody and the factors that are at play when the court is determining custody orders. If your California child custody orders have already been issued, remember the process does not necessarily end with the initial custody order. Changes in circumstances such as the relocation of a custodial parent or significant changes in circumstances, etc. can require that the court revisit the case and potentially…

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Violations of Court Orders: Should You Call 911?

When your ex violates the court ordered custody and/or visitation or denies your parenting time, you may wonder if the most efficient way to deal with the situation is to call the police department. Unfortunately, enforcement of a divorce decree can be tricky and tends to depend on the mindset of local law enforcement. Generally speaking, there are two ways to enforce your child custody or visitation order: Police Intervention A Motion to Enforce through the Court If there is a court order in place that specifically mandates certain behavior or prohibits certain behavior, it is probably executable through the…

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