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.
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.
Assisted reproductive technology has opened up a world of legal issues for family law courts. While it has provided couples -- both heterosexual and same-sex -- the opportunity to become parents, it has also pushed the boundaries of what it means to be a parent. In many cases, the use of this technology has led to interesting child custody questions and disputes.
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.