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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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Negative Effects of Divorce on Children: What You Need to Know

Are there negative effects of divorce on children? What about when they’re very young – like toddlers – or teens? Are there different effects across different age groups? Here’s what you need to know. Negative Effects of Divorce on Children: What You Need to Know While no two people will deal with divorce in exactly the same way, we can …

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Thanksgiving for Divorced Parents

Thanksgiving is right around the corner – and if you’re going through a divorce, or if you’re recently divorced and this is your first Thanksgiving day without your spouse (and possibly without your kids), here’s what you can do to get through it. Thanksgiving for Divorced Parents For most people, Thanksgiving is a family-centered holiday. That means during or after …

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Co-Parenting Definition, Explanations and Guide

Co-parenting can be really tough, especially when you and your spouse have had a contentious divorce. However, you’re better able to do it if you know the official co-parenting definition, you can see real-world examples, and you have tips that will make you more successful. Fortunately, we’re here to give you all three. Co-Parenting Definition, Explanations and Guide Knowing what …

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3 Reasons You Should NEVER Involve Your Kids in Your Divorce

Like most parents, you want the best for your children – and that includes making sure they come out of your divorce as healthy and happy as possible. To help ensure that, there’s one thing you should never do. You should never involve your children in your divorce. So what does that mean? How can you avoid involving your kids? …

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Should Your Kids See a Therapist During Your Divorce?

If you’re like most parents, your main concern during divorce is your children. You want them to come out of the divorce as happy and healthy as possible – and sometimes that means taking them to see a therapist. So how can you tell if your children need to talk to someone besides you or their peers during your split? …

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What is a Motion to Modify Custody?

If your child custody arrangement isn’t working out – or if it’s no longer in your children’s best interest – you may be able to file a motion to modify custody. But what is a motion to modify custody, and how does it work? Here’s what you need to know. What is a Motion to Modify Custody? A motion to …

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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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How to Get Guardianship of a Child in California

If you’re like many people, you want to know how to get guardianship of a child in California. Perhaps you want guardianship because the child’s parents are unable to care for them or have unfortunately passed away; maybe the child’s parents have been deported or are suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. No matter why you’d like to get guardianship …