After a California divorce, the holidays can be difficult -- especially if the couple had children. No matter which parent it is, one of them is usually going to be without the kids on holidays. That typically depends upon the child custody agreement negotiated by the parties during the divorce. Old traditions the family had during the marriage only bring back memories of holidays that will never be the same for anyone.
California parents who divorce are well aware of the negative effects that the division of a family can have on shared children. In fact, concerns over how kids will take the news of a divorce and child custody changes is a primary factor that leads many couples to postpone filing until they feel that the timing is just right. Once the announcement has been made, parents have a great deal of influence over how their children will handle this time of transition.
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.