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Negotiating child custody outside of court

Divorce is a difficult process for children. Aside from seeing their parents separate, some end up as pawns in ongoing custody disputes. Not only is a battle over child custody costly and time-consuming for parents, it can be a traumatizing experience for children. This is why many California parents prefer to create a parenting plan outside of court.

Tax implications of child custody

California parents typically understand how important it is to respect their children's best interests during divorce. However, these same parents often end up overlooking their own financial interests in the process. Things like child custody can significantly impact future taxes. While taxes should not be a driving force for any given custody arrangement, parents should still understand how their taxes might look.

Establishing paternity is essential for child custody matters

It is not uncommon for unmarried couples in California to have children. While this situation works well for many parents, it can be difficult for some fathers to get time with their children. Establishing paternity is often the first step toward getting a child custody agreement that reflects the child's best interests, which usually involves having access to both of their parents.

What you need to know about the different types of child custody

California parents put an enormous amount of thought and consideration when making decisions that will affect their children. Because of this, many divorcing parents spend a significant amount of time weighing the benefits of divorce before actually filing. One of the biggest topics parents tend to consider is that of child custody. Despite being used as a catchall term in popular media, there are several distinct forms of custody.

Bethenny Frankel seeks modification of current child custody plan

Divorcing parents in California often strive to find the right balance for their children after divorce. This is increasingly resembling joint and shared custody situations, though these forms of child custody are not appropriate for everyone. In some cases, maintaining a primary caretaker with the other parent taking on more limited parenting time is a better solution. However, television personality Bethenny Frankel does not believe that any of these options are best for her children.

Worried about co-parenting during child custody? Don't be

California parents have plenty to worry about during divorce, which can lead to serious tensions. From figuring out property division to settling on the right amount for child support, there are plenty of opportunities for emotional turmoil to take control. When issues are bad enough, some parents may even begin to question whether they are making the right choices regarding child custody. While it is normal to worry about children's well-being, evidence demonstrates that children still fare well when their parents' co-parenting relationship is not wholly cooperative.

Will child custody prevent me from moving out of state?

Moving can be an enormous undertaking. From securing new housing to figuring out the best way to transport household goods, the entire process can be incredibly stressful. Add in child custody matters to the mix, and most people would probably rather stay put. However, moving is sometimes a necessary part of life, so parents should be certain that they understand how to handle their child custody issues during the process.

Want child custody protections? Establish paternity first

California fathers are sometimes unsure about the significance of establishing paternity. Many of these fathers see their children on a regular basis and even provide financial assistance to their child's mother without needing the intervention of a family court. Establishing paternity might feel unnecessary or like overkill, but without it, fathers do not have any legal rights when it comes to securing things like child custody or more.

A private family law judge can make divorce personal

The decision to end a marriage is a deeply personal matter for many people in California. However, divorce hearings are typically held in public courthouses, which flies in direct opposition to most people's feelings on the matter. However, there is an alternative. You can hire a family law judge to provide a private judging. 

Shared child custody reaping benefits for children in one state

When divorce became more common place, family court judges tended to favor the mother when deciding what was the best situation for raising children. Over time, studies have shown that children who are permitted more time with both parents tend to fare better. While joint custody is favored in California, some other states start with a legal presumption of joint custody. A family law attorney can help a parent in this state to determine what arrangements will best meet his or her children's needs.

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