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Child Custody Archives

Can mediation be used to settle a child custody matter?

Having children can change the way that a Stockton couple may approach its divorce. Without kids, a couple may look for an efficient way to end the marriage. With kids, however, the couple may find that its desire for efficiency is trumped by the need to engage in careful and sometimes lengthy negotiations over the kids' well-being.

Advantages and disadvantages exist with joint child custody

Earlier this year, this Stockton family law blog examined the benefits and drawbacks of sole custody arrangements of children. In some scenarios, it can serve a child's best interests if only one of his parents is making decisions about his or her upbringing and is only living out of one home. However, other family situations favor joint child custody arrangements. In a joint custody plan, parents can share the decision-making power and physical custody of their kids.

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.

What are the pros and cons of gaining sole custody of a child?

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.

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.

Weak child custody rules leads to alleged kidnapping claims

Most California parents who share their kids with former partners or spouses strictly follow their child custody schedules. Often times those schedules are mandated by family law courts and carry with them significant penalties when their terms are violated. While some parents like having specific guidelines governing their rights and visitation timetables with their kids, others prefer loose arrangements with more flexibility.

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.

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.

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