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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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The Adoption Process in California: The Basics

The adoption process in California varies based on the type of adoption you’re pursuing. For example, a stepparent who is adopting his or her spouse’s child will have to take different steps than a couple adopting a newborn will take – but generally, every adoption follows a similar course. Typically, the adoption process includes: Finding an adoption attorney Filling out …

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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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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 …

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The Long-Term Effects of Divorce on Children

If you’re like many parents considering a marital split, you’re wondering about the long-term effects of divorce on children. The good news: The vast majority of children are perfectly fine. Some experience a few bumps in the road – but with the right parental attention and, in some cases, counseling or therapy, they’re fine, too. So what are the long-term …

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Child Grief During Guardianship: What You Need to Know

Child grief is a difficult subject – but for many legal guardians who are responsible for caring for kids, it’s a reality. So if you’re a child’s guardian and the child is grieving for his or her parents, what can you do to help? Related: How to get guardianship of a child in California Child Grief During Guardianship: What You …

Parental Rights for Fathers in California

In the state of California, parental rights for fathers are incredibly important – and they’re equal to maternal rights. Under state law, fathers have just as much right to see, spend time with and bond with their children as mothers do, and the state (as well as the courts) recognize how important it is for both parents to be active …

Practical Parenting: Oh no — the sky is falling!

via Dr. Thomas C. Maples, Ph.D of Stockton Therapy Network How are we to stay positive for our children in such of a barrage of negative messages we are subjected to daily? Today I watched my children staring at their personal devices. One was watching Stampy play his some-odd hundredth episode of Let’s Play Minecraft and the other was also …

Practical Parenting: Take a moment to make a moment

via Dr. Thomas C. Maples, Ph.D of Stockton Therapy Network In the daily hustle and bustle of life, we often find ourselves stressed out for time. Sound familiar? It is an all to common event, especially in a time where it seems that every moment is accounted for in a manner that seems to give us no control over our …