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Useful legal papers for sending kids off to college

You have helped them shop for dorm essentials, purchased them a new laptop, and even dropped them off for freshman orientation. However, one thing you may not have considered is making sure that that they have their legal papers in order.

Joint custody and household rules

Many divorcing parents here in California pursue joint custody arrangements when it comes to their kids. Among the things divorcing couples may find attractive about such custody is that it can give both parents ample opportunity to maintain a strong relationship with the kids.

How parents can make sharing child custody easier after divorce

For many parents, the continued well-being and stability of their children is the primary concern in divorce. It is not easy to address issues related to visitation schedules, parental rights and parenting time, but a fair and reasonable order can benefit the children for years to come. Some parents, either by choice or court order, have to share child custody responsibilities through a co-parenting or joint custody agreement.

Tips for co-parenting during the summer months

The summer months are a time of happiness and relaxation for the kids. Parents, on the other hand, may struggle to find ways to occupy children’s time. This in turn can lead to a schedule of soccer camp, math tutoring, trips to the beach and the necessary transportation logistics that goes with these activities.

Judge criticized for creating parental alienation

The state appeals court in Pennsylvania has criticized a family court judge for keeping a child in foster care after it received no explanation from the parents for the child’s broken ribs. According to an article in ABA Journal, the judge took unusual steps in a case where an infant had two broken bones. A subsequent ruling in the state’s appeals court said that the trial judge created a situation where there was “judicially created parental alienation.”

Will my child custody decision be affected by infidelity?

Most divorces are not pleasant. They involve breaking up with the partner to whom you thought you would be married for the rest of your life. At best, divorces can be amicable; at worst, extremely contentious. Divorce becomes even more complicated when it also involves a child custody battle and accusations of infidelity.

Nesting: A new arrangement for divorce and custody?

Every couple that is divorcing faces the quandary of where to live next. Some couples decide to sell their marital home and split the proceeds. Sometimes one spouse will buy out the other’s share in the home. Living arrangements become even more complicated when there are children involved. Every custody arrangement must address the children’s living situation. Children need stability to thrive, and that can be hard to attain in a divorce.

Can grandparents file for visitation rights in California?

It can be difficult for grandparents to accept that they may not be able to visit their grandchildren. After all, most grandparents absolutely adore their grandchildren and would heartbroken if separated from them for too long. For many grandparents, though, being unable to visit their grandchildren is an all-too-painful reality.

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