When California parents welcome new babies into the world, they often fanaticize about what the future will hold for their infants. Some parents dream of successful professional careers for their kids; others simply hope that their children find happiness and lead fulfilling lives. When parents find themselves facing divorce they often run into challenges regarding how they will help their children reach their full potential.
Most Californians will never know what it is like to have their personal wealth grow into the billions of dollars. It seems as though only those individuals who are born into wealth or who have extraordinary luck and perseverance end up with such vast sums of money. While having great wealth may seem like a fantastic benefit to some, few realize the headaches such prosperity creates when an affluent person is subject to a divorce.
In a traditional California divorce, the soon-to-be ex-spouses to the dissolving marriage each come to court with their own attorneys. Those parties appear before a family or divorce court judge who hears their sides of the story and decides how best to separate their financial and emotional lives. Those decisions are generally binding on the parties and each spouse must abide by the terms set forth by the court or face possible sanctions.
When California parents decide to divorce, one person is often given primary custody of any children the couple had during its relationship. Having primary custody status means that those children spend the majority of the time living with that parent and may visit or have scheduled time to live with the other parent. The parent who does not have primary custody often is required to pay child support for the children and that money is used by the primary custodian to provide for the kids.