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What are the differences between physical and legal custody?

When going through divorce as a parent, your main concern undoubtedly falls on the well-being of your children. Child custody can have considerable impacts on your life and the lives of your children, and therefore, you may wish to understand the various aspects of custody and how they could play into your particular situation. Without the proper information, you could agree to terms that do not fit the best interests of everyone involved.

Why have I been granted supervised visitation with my kids?

It is important for readers of this Stockton and San Joaquin County family law blog to remember that no two child custody cases will present the same facts and circumstances. For this reason it is impossible to state exactly why one person receives supervised visitation with his children and another receives unsupervised time; such questions should be directed to an individual's personal attorney for deeper explanation.

Is it time to rethink your child custody plan?

Families throughout California are now preparing for the onset of summer. While kids may be excited to have some time outside of school, parents may be worrying about how they will keep their children occupied for the warm months of the year. For parents who share custody of their children with former partners and spouses, the summer season can present unique challenges to their existing custody and visitation arrangements.

Can joint child custody ever be a bad thing?

Different trends seem to pass in and out of popularity when it comes to parenting and child-rearing. These trends can even influence how California parents believe their children's custody should be managed when those parents go through a divorce. Currently, some parents are major proponents of joint custody arrangements, which allow both parents to have physical and legal custody of their children.

What if my ex won't let me have visitation time with our kids?

Family courts throughout California make difficult determinations about the custody and visitation of children. Oftentimes their final orders leave parents struggling to cope with less than ideal parenting schedules, but ultimately courts establish physical and legal custody plans as well as visitation orders that meet the best interests of the children. When those carefully crafted orders are violated, parents who suffer due to the actions of others generally have rights.

Unmarried couple faces child custody issues

The path to parenthood may look very different for California residents. Some may wait until after they are married in order to have children or adopt, while others may prefer to begin their families before they are wed. Whether the two parents to a child are married or not, each generally has rights to spend time with and to support the youth.

Supreme Court weighs in on complex child custody case

The Supreme Court of the United States may review cases that arise under a number of circumstances and there are a number of paths that California residents may follow to see their legal matters resolved in those chambers. The Supreme Court has jurisdiction over matters that arise under the Constitution of the United States, that arise in conflicts between different states, that arise between parties who live in separate states and that arise from conflicts related to other scenarios. Recently, the Supreme Court reviewed a unique child custody matter that arose between two separate states and affected the rights of two same-sex parents.

Can domestic violence charges bar my child custody chances?

Difficult family situations can arise when loved ones find themselves embroiled in arguments. All throughout Stockton, parents have battled with each other over issues that they feel are important to their families, and parents and children have argued over topics as minor as what to wear and as major as children's behavior.

What does it mean to be a noncustodial parent?

In California, courts generally seek to allow parents to have custody of their own children. In some circumstances, both parents may share custody of their children. In other situations, only one parent may be granted custody of the children. When one parent has custody of his or her children, he or she is known as the custodial parent. The parent who is not granted custody of the children is known as the noncustodial parent.

Drop off and pick up times, locations are child custody matters

When creating a child custody order, two Stockton parents may agree that they will transfer their child from parent to parent at 5 o'clock in the evening on their transfer days. However, if their order stipulates nothing else about the transfers, they may face confusion early on in their divorce. For example, where are the parents going to make the custody transfers? Is one parent going to do all of the driving, or are the parents going to take turns getting the child to and from the transfer spot?

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