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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 Get Permission to Move Out of State With a Child

If you’re a parent, you may be wondering how to get permission to move out of state with a child. Maybe you’ve gotten a new job offer, or maybe you need some help and want to be closer to your family or other people in your support network. Regardless of the reason, here’s what you need to know about moving …

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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 …

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Divorce: What to Do First

If you’re thinking about divorce, what to do first is probably one of your main concerns. Should you move out? Take yourself off your spouse’s checking and savings accounts? Call an attorney? Here’s what you need to know. Divorce: What to Do First Divorce is a major life change, and for most people, that means working with an experienced family …

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What is Parentage by Estoppel in California?

If you’re like many people, you’ve heard the term parentage by estoppel – but what does it mean in California, and how does it affect your child custody case? What is Parentage by Estoppel in California? Paternity is often assumed in California. That means the courts assume that the person involved in the child’s life is his or her father. …

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Does Adultery Affect Child Custody in California?

If you’re like many people going through divorce, you have a lot of questions – and one of them is Does adultery affect child custody in California? Adultery – what it’s called when one person “steps out” of a marriage by being unfaithful – isn’t supposed to affect your divorce. In fact, California is a no-fault divorce state. That means …

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What is the Best Interest of the Child in California?

What is the best interest of the child in California? If you’re like many people, you’ve heard that phrase before – but what does it mean, and how does it apply? Here’s what you need to know. What is the Best Interest of the Child in California? When you hear the term the best interest of the child, it’s generally …

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13 Co-Parenting Rules to Live By

Many people feel more comfortable working with their former spouses when they have co-parenting rules in place. Co-parenting with your ex isn’t always easy to do, but if you’re like most parents, your children are your main concern. When you and your ex have decided to co-parent – meaning, you’ve agreed to work together to raise your children – you’ve …