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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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Importance of Honoring Visitation and Custody Rights

Custody and visitation are constant points of contention between separated and divorced couples with kids. It is very rare that these processes go smoothly in the event of a divorce and lack of a premarital agreement. What is the difference between custody and visitation rights? Why is it important to honor these rights to the letter? Understanding custody and visitation rights Custody refers to legal guardianship of a child. In the case of divorced couples with kids, one of the parents gets custody rights to the kids. If there are multiple children, courts of law generally try to keep them…

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Child Custody For Parents With History Of Substance Abuse

One of the important grounds on which parents can lose custody battles is having a history of substance abuse. Parents who struggle with substance abuse often have a strained relationship with their children and it plays a major part in family court proceedings.  If a court finds a parent guilty of alcohol or drug abuse, it can affect custody.  In serious cases, Child  Protective Services (CPS) can also intervene and remove the children from the addict parent. In some cases, the parents are arrested and charged with child neglect. Effect on custody During a divorce proceeding, the California courts will…

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Top 3 Mistakes Committed While Fighting Child Custody Battle

There are many instances when couples who separate are not able to work out a proper parenting planning that is agreeable to both of them. In such scenarios, the only alternative available to both the parents is to approach the court seeking an order on child custody. Sadly though, there are several such cases where good parents are labeled as being neglectful or unfit when they make any if they make any of the mistakes mentioned below while they are fighting their battle on child custody. Show poor judgment and information on a social media site Lately, it has been…

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Do’s And Don’ts of Dealing With Abused Children Of Divorced Parents

More than often, children end up becoming victims of divorce. And sometimes, they are the reason why parents get divorced. The latter is common during child abuse cases. Child abuse includes physical, psychological and sexual harm inflicted on the child. Child neglect and abuse is a major ground for divorce and most states including California award custody to the other parent without much pressure. However, once the child goes back to the caregiver, there are certain do’s and don’ts to follow while dealing with them. Do’s First and foremost, get your child(ren) individual therapist with a therapist licensed in your…

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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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Tips For Becoming A Better Step-Parent For Divorced Kids

If you’re a step-parent who’s in charge of step-kids, then it is needless to tell you how hectic and tough it can become to handle them. Children exhibit a variety of emotions and sometimes it becomes hard to understand what their true feelings are. As a step-parent, you can only put on your best behavior and hope that things get better as time passes. However, it does not always work out and you need to put in extra effort to make sure it does. Here are some tips to help you become a better step-parent: Don’t make too many drastic…

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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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Move Away Issues In Child Custody Cases In California Divorces

When the custodial parent relocates to a different geographical location with the child, the issues that arise are known as ‘move-away cases’. It creates a problem in following the custodial agreements which have been established by the court. In many cases, it is the non-custodial parent who suffers. Move-away cases are difficult for non-custodial parents because that parent also has equal rights over his/her child. However, there can be many reasons why a move-away case arises. It could be the fault of the custodial parent who wants to create a deliberate distance between the child and the other parent. Or…

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Parenting Plans for Non-Parents Granted Custody

One of the most important issues of divorce cases is the issue of child custody. Often, parents who can’t agree on a common ground, have bitter child custody battles. It not only leads to psychological issues in the child and parents but it also destroys the relationship between the three people. Sometimes, child custody is awarded to a third party like grandparents or any close relative. Who the child goes to depends on the relationship he/she shares with the child and whether the child enjoys that relationship or not. Because in California, a child’s preference is considered over everything else….

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