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Best interest of the child should be considered in divorce

Marriage is entered with the hope and belief that it will last forever. The sad truth remains that almost 50% of marriages in California end in divorce. When children are involved what can be a difficult and painful decision can become that much more difficult. It is now widely considered that staying together for the sake of the children is not in the best interest of the child or children involved.

Joint custody may be in the best interest of the child

It is widely accepted that the best environment for a child to grow up in is a household with two loving parents. For many this is not the reality as almost half of today's marriages in California end in divorce. Courts once thought that the best scenario in the event of a divorce was giving full custody to the mother. However, recognition that a loving father plays a crucial role in promoting the well-being of the child is causing more courts to treat the parents as equal partners as much as possible. The best interest of the child is the court's first concern.

Child custody and visitation goes smoothly for celebrity couple

Conscientious parents in California and elsewhere may experiment with their child custody and visitation arrangements after a formal separation and during a divorce proceeding. Sometimes, an initial flexible approach that is not written in stone is preferred to best suit the child's makeup and preferences. It is also helpful to see how the child adjusts to various changes as the transformation of living circumstances continues. When the parties can work together in a mature manner to provide flexibility and informality in a child custody and visitation arrangement, the chances that the child will adjust more readily are greatly increased.

Interference with child custody is not the same as kidnapping

Authorities in all jurisdictions, including in California, tend to apply criminal charges such as kidnapping somewhat indiscriminately today in connection with custody disputes. Thus, for example, where a father hides with a child after the court has awarded child custody to the mother, the authorities will hunt down the father and, in many instances, arrest him for criminal kidnapping. It should be pointed out that the violation of the custody court in this manner is gender-neutral and is committed by both mothers and fathers.

Avoiding impulsive decisions during child custody disputes

Coming to terms with a custody determination can be challenging, even for parents who part ways amicably. For those who end their relationship with a significant amount of acrimony, adjusting to a child custody change can be even more difficult. It's imperative for California parents to understand, however, that impulsive decisions can have lasting ramifications. 

Defensive lineman David Irving facing child custody battle

The National Football League has begun its 2018 season, with fans in California and throughout the nation donning their favorite team colors, hosting tailgate parties and making friendly bets on which two teams will ultimately face-off in the Super Bowl. Cowboys fans, however, may have noticed that defensive lineman David Irving has been missing in battle for quite some time. It turns out he has been experiencing serious problems in his personal life, including a contentious child custody battle.  

College needs to be considered as part of child custody decision

Divorce is a fact of life for many California parents. Yet, regardless of the problems that they have with each other, they still have a responsibility to their children. These responsibilities are often outlined as a part of the divorce, child support and child custody agreements.

Types of child custody available to California couple

The end of a California couple's marriage often means the end of many things. It can mean the end of battles over finances, friends, family and more. However, it does not mean the end of one being a parent when children are involved. Exactly what this new parental relationship will look like, though, does begin to take shape in the form of a child custody agreement.

Are prison nurseries in the best interest of the child?

Motherhood is an amazing time in a woman's life. It is filled with time spent bonding and nurturing her babies. For some women who are incarcerated, a new program has allowed them to not only deliver their babies in prison but to keep them with them for the duration of their sentence. In California and other states, female prisoners believe that it is in the best interest of the child to raise their babies behind bars.

Grandparents assuming parenting roles in child custody cases

A growing number of grandparents find themselves raising their grandchildren instead of retiring to pursue hobbies and travel. Studies show that with the ever-present opioid epidemic sweeping the country, an overwhelming number of children are being removed from parents who are battling addiction problems. In California and other states, grandparents are being called upon during child custody cases to assume the parenting role.

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