Custody battles are an unfortunate part of some divorces and family law disputes. Stockton families that are forced to break up due to the dissolutions of the parents' relationships often must face challenging arrangements that pull kids from one household to another in their post-separation lives. These arrangements can pit parents against each other with regard to decisions concerning the children's upbringings. Due to these challenges, some parents look to gain sole custody of their children.
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.
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.
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.
After more than 18 months apart, two Los Angeles fathers have been reunited with their sons. The mother of both children became the focus of an international manhunt that required the coordinated efforts of the FBI, Interpol and local authorities in Europe. The legal custody battle began when she took the boys on an authorized visit to Central Europe during the summer of 2012 and failed to return.
Readers may regard extended families as a relic of the past, or perhaps even as an arrangement more common in other cultures. A recent article, however, suggests otherwise.
Divorce is not the only time when a family law attorney might be called upon to assist in child custody determinations. As in today’s story, sometimes tragedy might leave a child without his or her parents. In that situation, a number of relatives might express competing interests in gaining legal custody.