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What Does “Best Interests of the Child” Mean in California?

Child custody cases in California typically revolve around the “best interests of the child.” But what does that mean, and how does a judge who doesn’t know your family determine what’s in your children’s best interests? What Does “Best Interests of the Child” Mean in California Courts? When parents can’t agree on child custody on their own or through mediation, …

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How to Develop a Parenting Plan During Divorce

Your attorney will guide you through the basics of divorce, from filing a petition for dissolution in the Stockton court system to negotiating a property settlement with your spouse. Some things, though, are really personal—including how you set up your parenting plan so your kids get what they need from each of you. As family law attorneys practicing in Stockton, …

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Child Custody Laws in California: What You Need to Know

  Child custody laws in Stockton (and elsewhere in California) are in place to protect the best interests of the children—but they can be a bit confusing. For this reason, many people choose to work with a Stockton family law attorney who understands how our custody laws will impact their families. Child Custody Laws in California: Types of Custody There …

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Temporary Custody: What You Need to Know

During divorce, child custody can be one of the most contentious issues you’ll face. You, as parents, both want what’s best for you children—but if you’re like many parents, you disagree on exactly what that is. California Child Custody Overview In the state of California, the law requires that divorcing couples who share children propose a custody arrangement. The state …

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How to get a Child Support Order

How to get a Child Support Order If you have a child with someone who is not your spouse or is a former spouse, getting child support can be a necessity in order to ensure the continued health, welfare and wellbeing of both yourself and your child.  If you live in California that process can be accomplished by requesting an …

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Child Custody: Who’s Choice is it Anyways?

As the dust settles from the arguments that lead to your separation, and you have filed the volumes of financial data your attorney has requested of you, and have neared a mutual decision about the appropriate division of your assets and liabilities, there is one last question to settle. Who gets custody of the most precious asset your marriage produced? In …

Child Custody in California

There are two types of child custody in California; legal and physical. Legal custody allows parents to make decisions regarding their children’s health, education, and welfare. Physical custody determines where the children will reside. Legal custody can be joint or solo.