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Virtual Visitation

As a parent, one of the most difficult aspects of divorce is suddenly having to share time with your child. This can be particularly excruciating, if you are a non-custodial parent, who no longer gets to live under the same roof as your child.  As a non-custodial parent, daily communication used to be something you didn’t think about. Nowadays, building …

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FAQs About Child Custody Lawyers

For worried parents, one of the most stressful aspects of divorce is how it will affect your child—especially in terms of custody. With your child’s well-being on the line, you want to be certain that the lawyer handling your case will fight for their best interest as passionately as you would.  At Maples Family law, we understand these concerns, and …

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Legal Guardianship in California

In California, legal guardianship is a court order that gives an adult the responsibility of taking care of a child who isn’t biologically theirs. Once appointed, a legal guardian has many of the same rights, responsibilities, and decision-making power as an actual parent, including the ability to make medical and education decisions on behalf of the child. Because these duties …

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Joint Custody

Child custody refers to a parent’s authority to care for their child, and, during divorce, a judge can assign these powers between spouses as joint custody, or to only one parent in sole custody.  The division of such rights can be quite complicated, and couples should not try to resolve these matters on their own. Instead, families should work with …

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11 Common Questions About Joint Custody Schedules in California

If you’re like many people, you have plenty of questions about developing a joint custody schedule during or after divorce. Check out these joint custody schedule frequently asked questions to see if you can find an answer here – or, if you don’t see your question or need personalized legal advice, call us at 209-395-1605 to schedule a consultation with …

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California Infant Custody Laws

California values a child’s right to spend time – and have good relationships with – each parent. But are there California infant custody laws that apply to babies and toddlers? Here’s what you need to know. California Infant Custody Laws California’s child custody laws don’t differentiate by age (except when a child is old enough to express a preference on …

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Temporary Guardianship in California: The Basics

Temporary guardianship in California means that an adult – someone over the age of 18 – is responsible for a child for a set period of time. The guardian can make decisions related to finances, education, medical care and other important issues, and he or she is responsible for the child’s care, as well. Temporary Guardianship in California: The Basics …

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How to Move Out of State with a Child

Moving to another state is a complicated and stressful endeavor, even in the best of circumstances. For divorced parents, however, this already intense process becomes another beast, altogether.   While California doesn’t strictly prohibit parents from moving out of state, there are several extra steps you’ll need to take if you want your child to move with you.   Here’s a closer …

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Parenting Time Agreements in California: The Basics

In California, parenting time agreements cover important information about: How much time a child will spend with each parent Information on how the parents will make decisions about important issues regarding the child Parents can share time with the kids, or the court could award physical custody to only one parent. A judge makes the final decision on custody, but …

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Halloween During Divorce: How to Help Your Kids

If you’re like most parents, the only thing you want for your kids is their happiness – and when the holidays start to roll around, you worry a little bit (or a lot) more. The holiday season is right around the corner, and if you’re going through a divorce, or if you’ve just received your divorce decree and this is …