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Can California grandparents get visitation with their grandkids?

There are several life events that can cause families to break apart. The divorce of parents can create rifts between former in-laws, and the stress of such events can filter down to the relationships that exist between grandparents and their grandchildren. The death of an adult can cause his or her surviving parents to feel alienated from the grandchildren their deceased child's spouse will raise alone.

Child custody disputes can lead to cases of family abduction

Coming up with an acceptable child custody schedule can be an incredible challenge for San Joaquin County parents. With so many factors to consider, including the best interests of the child subject to the schedule, it is inevitable that in many custody situations, both parents will have to make concessions. When a parent refuses to accommodate the needs of others or otherwise ignores the mandates of a child custody order or agreement, legal remedies exist that can compel compliance.

Using child support to pay for a kid's extracurricular activities

A lot of California kids carry with them many commitments. They play sports, take classes in the arts, perform in musical groups, and participate in many other activities that hold their interests. While some of those extracurricular activities are free, others require students and their families to pay for services.

What is supervised visitation?

When the parents of a child go through a divorce they often must establish the rules governing each parent's time with their child. Family law courts throughout California can help parents establish these rules and may even issue orders related to custody matters. As prior blog posts on this site have mentioned, child custody may encompass the legal and physical control of a child. An important part of physical custody is visitation for non-custodial parents and visitation may be mandated and ordered in a child custody case.

Will you have visitation time with your kids during the holidays?

Thanksgiving has come and gone and now California families are finalizing their plans for the winter holiday season. Many will travel to be near loved ones while others will stay home and enjoy local festivities. Some individuals will find themselves alone during this special time of year despite their desire to be with individuals they love.

Parents will face penalties for not paying child support

Child support is a legal commitment that many California parents must fulfill to take care of their offspring. When parents do not live together or have gone through divorce, non-custodial parents often find themselves with child support mandates to continue to provide for their kids. However, when parents cannot or do not pay their ordered obligations they can face serious legal penalties.

How does legal custody differ from physical child custody?

The term "child custody" is deceptively complex. Many Californians primarily associate child custody with where a child lives after his parents go through a divorce. However, custody entails much more than just where a child spends his time.

August is Child Support Awareness Month

Almost two decades ago, then President Bill Clinton proclaimed that August would be nationally recognized as Child Support Awareness Month. Child Support Awareness Month serves two general purposes by both acknowledging the good work of supportive parents while highlighting the delinquencies some parents impose upon their kids. It is a time when communities all across the country, as well as right here in California, recognize the importance of giving children a chance to make it in the world.

Do mothers and fathers always get equal child custody time?

Summer is here and many California families are enjoying the chance to take vacations. With children out of school some moms and dads are reducing their hours at work in order to spend valuable time with their kids. However, not all families are able to be together all of the time. Families that have gone through divorce may be splitting their time between the households of the two previously married parents.

Mathew Knowles successful in modifying child support

California residents may be aware of the recent child support battle between superstar Beyoncé's father and former manager -- Mathew Knowles -- and his former mistress. The couple have a three-year-old son together. The boy was apparently conceived while Knowles was still married to Beyoncé's mother.

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