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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, …

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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 …