Going through a divorce can be tedious and overwhelming. Once the divorce decree is finalized, it may seem as though the terms of the settlement are set in stone. Yet, life changes occur and circumstances may come up that warrant a modification of the original settlement. Child custody is one of the changes that may be made to a divorce settlement. There are a myriad of factors that can change once a child custody order is put in place and these changes could make it difficult to adhere to the terms originally set in the settlement.
Regrettably, many California divorces end with hurt feelings and anger, and in some cases, these feelings can lead one parent to attempt to turn a shared child against the other parent. At Family Law Group, LLP, we recognize that one parent’s attempts to turn a child against the other may constitute parental alienation, and that parental alienation can have serious negative effects on your child.
The co-parenting relationship is often a complex one, and if you count yourself among the many people across California who are coming to terms with new custody arrangements, you may be feeling the strain. You may, however, find that you can help make the relationship between you and your child’s other parent an easier, less contentious one if the two of you can sit down and hash out the details of a parenting plan.
Seeing your child less frequently than you might like can prove difficult under any circumstances, but if you are seeing less of your child because of a new California joint-custody arrangement, it can be even more emotionally exhausting. At Family Law Group, LLP, we recognize that a joint-custody arrangement is not always everyone’s preference. However, we also understand that it may help you adjust to your new situation if you recognize how your new joint-custody arrangement can benefit your child.
If you have a domestic violence charge or conviction under your belt, you may wonder how said charge or conviction will affect your California custody case. Does the charge or conviction mean you will receive less custody of your child? Unfortunately, according to The Judicial Branch of California, the answer is likely yes.
California recognizes two types of custody: physical and legal. Physical custody is the type of custody over which most parents fight, as most parties want as much time with their little ones as possible. In an ideal situation, the courts will award each parent equal amounts of custody, but most situations are not ideal. In non-ideal situations, the courts may award one parent more time than the other. Judges are very selective in how they choose to administer custody which is why petitioning for more custody is a challenging and drawn out process.
If you and your spouse have had children together and decide to get a divorce in California, you will need to make some agreements about how your children will be cared for. Some of the angles you will need to explore include the best interests of your children, the location of where you and your soon-to-be-ex will be living, and the current relationships your children have with both you and your spouse.
When a mother names you the father of her child in California, you should do everything possible to verify it is the truth. Being the legal father of a child means you become responsible for that child. This includes financial support. If you find out later that you are not really the father, you have little recourse. Sometimes, a mother will name someone even though she is not sure he is the father. According to Very Well Family, this is paternity fraud.
Domestic violence is about power and control. The children of domestic violence victims are often caught in the middle.