Whether you are currently going through a divorce in California or you are considering the matter, there are a lot of issues negotiate. One of the most difficult may be that of child custody and determining where your children will live once you are divorced or separated. While some children are placed in single-parent households, studies show that children fare better when they have consistent exposure to both their father and their mother. In fact, there are many studies conducted by different organizations reporting the importance of fathers in children’s lives.
When you and your spouse divorce in California, you may sometimes be ready to part ways permanently. If you have children, however, it is important for you to find a way to effectively co-parent your children.
If you and your spouse are contemplating a California divorce and are also parents, your children should be the primary concern of both of you. As explained by the California Court System, you must have a written parenting plan in place prior to the finalization of your divorce. You and your spouse have enormous leeway in what you choose to include in your parenting plan before you sign it and file it with the court. It must be in the best interests of your children, however, for the judge to sign it himself or herself and make it an enforceable court order.
At the Law Offices of Diane J.N. Morin, we know that one of your biggest concerns when you face the prospects of a California divorce is your children. You hate the thought of breaking up their home and wish there were some way to make things easier for them. Perhaps there is. Have you and your spouse considered joint custody?
Just when your post-divorce California life seemed to be settling into a “new normal,” your employer offered you a marvelous promotion. The hitch? You must move to a new state. Since you have children, you now may be wondering what hassle, if any, you need to go through so you can move your kids out of state with you.
That dreaded knock can be any California parent’s nightmare. This means that not only has someone felt it necessary to report a parenting concern about you to Child Protective Services, but a social worker is about to investigate and determine if you are a fit enough parent to keep your children in your home. This can be an upsetting, embarrassing and frightening experience for anyone.
When you and your wife get divorced in California, one of the things you must consider is how you will divide your children's time. When both of you want to be actively involved in your kid's lives, it is important to establish a parenting plan that will give you both plenty of time with the kids.
California couples contemplating divorce should be aware of the state’s child custody laws. For instance, as set out by the California court system, there are two types of custody: legal and physical.