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Category Archives: Child Custody

Do Grandparents Have Visitation and Custody Rights in California?

There is no set definition of what a family should be. Every family is unique. Sometimes, grandparents may be rearing and caring for their grandchildren without the children’s parents, which may be in the best interests of the children. According to California law, a grandparent has the right to request reasonable visitation or custody rights… Read More »

Your Children Should Always Come First

If you are a divorcing parent, the wellbeing of your children is the first priority. It is imperative that you and your child’s other parent develop a child-custody plan that puts the best interests of your children first. An experienced family law attorney can help you understand the complexities of child custody laws in California…. Read More »

In California, You’re the Dad If You Act Like the Dad

California law takes a broad view of fatherhood through the concept of “presumed parenthood” because the state recognizes that paternity is more than just DNA. Under this principle, a man can establish paternity even if he has no biological connection to the child. Understanding “Presumed Parent” In certain situations, California law presumes a man is… Read More »

Helping Your Children Cope With a Separation or Divorce

Children may experience the different stages of grief during their parents’ separation or divorce: Shock and denial that their parents are separating Anger because their parents are separating Depression, overwhelmed with feelings of helplessness and sadness during a divorce Bargaining, attempting to make things the way they were before the divorce, promising themselves or their parents… Read More »

Developing a Holiday Schedule for Your Child(ren)

A holiday schedule for your child(ren) takes precedence over the usual custodial schedule and is in addition to the regular custody and visitation schedule. The setting of a holiday schedule is a common practice for Winter Break, Spring Break, Summer Break, Thanksgiving and/or any religious and/or culturally significant special days, to name a few. Some considerations to payattention… Read More »

Does California Recognize Parental Alienation?

Disputes about child custody are stressful on parents and the child(ren). In severely damaged relationships between spouses, the child(ren) usually suffers the most from the parents’ continued battles and becomes caught in the middle of the parents’ issues with one another. One main concern that parents have when experiencing disputes about custody is parental alienation. Parental Alienation Syndrome… Read More »

Child Custody Evaluations in California

Parents in family court need a plan for caring for their child(ren) after they separate and when they divorce. When parents cannot agree on a parenting plan by themselves or with the help of a mediator, the judge will decide child custody and visitation at a hearing and may order a child-custody evaluation, also known as… Read More »

Implementing a Parallel-Parenting Plan

In a high-conflict separation or divorce, a parallel-parenting plan may be the best option for your family. Disengaging from the other parent with as little conflict as possible could ensure that your children are raised properly. With the help of experienced child-custody attorneys, you can develop a plan that is suitable for your child(ren) and… Read More »

When to Use Parallel Parenting Plans

Parents who separate will need to plan caring for their children and sharing custodial time and where they will live or how they will spend their time. A parenting plan is the parents’ written agreement about: (1) time-share: when the children will be with each parent; and (2) decision-making: how the parents will make decisions… Read More »

Can a Child Legally Have More than Two Parents in California?

Many children have two parents; in rare cases, a child, or children, may have more than two people acting as parents in every way. Separating a child from a parent has a devastating psychological and emotional impact on the child, including when separating a child from the person whom the child regards as a parent…. Read More »