Visitation Schedules

Between school and work schedules, the modern family has a lot going on. As a result, even when both parents are qualified, it’s not always possible for California courts to split a child’s time fifty/fifty.  When this happens, the court will sometimes choose a primary residence for the child, and award the non-resident parent ample visitation.  Visitation comes in several …

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Where Will My Child Live?

For a parent, nothing is more stressful than staring down the uncertainty of a child custody battle. You’re worried about how they will cope, what they will think, and—perhaps most importantly—where they will live.  The bad news is: we don’t know where your child will live. Parenting time decisions are made on an individual, case by case basis, so it’s …

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Intro to Visitation in California

Between school, play, chores, and extracurricular activities, kids are a busy bunch. Which means that when it comes to divorce, it can sometimes be tricky for California courts to divide a child’s time exactly equally between parents—even when both are evenly qualified.  That’s why, in California, it’s common for judges to assign one parent to be the child’s primary residence …

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Child Custody Overview

Child custody refers to the various rights and responsibilities associated with taking care of a child. These authorities and obligations are most commonly associated with divorce; however, they are also relevant to unmarried parents, grandparents, legal guardians, and individuals looking to adopt.  In this child custody overview, we’ll define important terms, talk about parental rights, and help you gain a …

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Enforcing a Visitation Order

In California, all custody decisions are made according to a child’s best interest. This includes being able to have a loving, healthy relationship with both of their parents, whenever possible. However, these relationships can’t blossom without quality time. That’s why when parents don’t live together, the court will often issue a visitation order. These edicts ensure that the rights of …

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Enforcing a Custody Order

Nothing is more important to you than your child. You want to protect them, and to give them the very best in life. Which is why it can be so infuriating when your child’s other parent violates a custody order.  Luckily, California courts get pretty upset when this happens, too, so you’re in good company.  Not only are custody orders …

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International Custody

Child custody battles are difficult to settle, even for families under normal circumstances. Throw in a couple passports, international job offers, or a few competing citizenships, though, and things get even more interesting.  In a modern world full of ever-shrinking borders and broadening horizons, international custody is becoming more and more commonplace. Hence, if you’re sitting there wondering: “Who gets …

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Who Gets Custody if My Spouse or I am in the Military?

Regardless of what type of divorce you choose, there’s no getting around the fact that child custody is a brutal process fraught with fears of denied rights and less time.  Worries like these can be particularly strong for parents serving in the armed forces. However, whether you are the spouse at home, or the one serving abroad, you are not …

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FAQs About Same Sex Custody

Same sex marriage might be legal across the United States, but LGBT couples still face unique challenges in divorce and custody, where—even when applied the same—family laws often contain inherent discriminations that exclude same sex couples.   This is particularly true in child custody, where the presumption of parenthood falls short of the mark for same sex parents, prompting a lot …

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Same Sex Custody in California

In 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States made same sex marriage legal, meaning that LGTBQ couples now enjoy the same, basic rights to marry and divorce as hetero couples—no matter which state they live in.  Theoretically, these considerations also apply to parental rights, too, including custody. (After all, children are a pretty big part of family relationships.) However, …