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Child Custody Archives

Child custody disputes: domestic violence or parental alienation?

Children are often caught in the crossfire of an acrimonious divorce. It can be very difficult to determine how they might feel about their parents when there are so many arguments flying back and forth. Disagreements over child custody can either mask or reveal elements of behavior that may be attributable to parental alienation or worse -- to domestic violence. A recent out-of-state case that highlights such issues may be of interest to California residents.

Child custody legislature under review across the country

At one time or another, most people will have heard a tale about a bitter custody battle. California residents who are entering into divorce with the issue of child custody looming ahead may face any number of problems. Few things will stir up emotions as much as the discussions about what happens to the children.

Kelly Rutherford's child custody battle may be coming to an end

There may be nothing that causes more vehement arguments between parents than their children. It is natural for each parent to be equally worried that following divorce his or her relationship would remain as strong as ever, whatever the outcome. It is not always possible for the parents to remain on good terms with each other, and in situations like that, California residents may need to employ the legal process in order to apply for child custody or visitation.

Custody and visitation litigation: when child custody goes bad

Sometimes it is difficult for a couple who is in the midst of divorce proceedings to maintain a good relationship. When a child is involved, however, it is important for the parents to set aside their feelings toward each other in order to move forward positively in the best interest of the child. Unfortunately, there are times when a parent's feelings may induce him or her to take extreme actions, and those actions can end with custody and visitation litigation.

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton may end up sharing child custody

Stars may court fame most of the time, but even they sometimes prefer to keep details of their private lives private. California has a no-fault divorce system, but, even so, it is often more usual to see each party attempt to sully the reputation of the other. Child custody battles may also ensue, and it can sometimes be difficult for a court to determine what is in the best interest of the child -- or children -- in a high-profile divorce case.

Abduction is not the way to challenge a child custody order

When couples divorce, it can be difficult for children to adjust to the change in family arrangements. For a California parent, being separated from his or her child or children may be far more distressing than being separated from his or her spouse. As a result, child custody issues can potentially be some of the most contentious. In some cases, a non-custodial parent may resort to extreme measures in an attempt to overturn court rulings.

Alienation is unnecessary in custody and visitation litigation

However well one attempts to choose his or her moment, there is no good time to raise the subject of divorce. It is known that the first Monday in January usually heralds a large surge in the initiation of divorce proceedings, and coming so soon upon the heels of the holiday season, this may invoke some especially bad feelings. One may even feel aggrieved enough that he or she may choose to use the child as a pawn. Some California residents may have to deal with acrimonious fallout in the form of parental alienation, which can muddy the waters of custody and visitation litigation.

Show respect to all, in the best interest of the child

For some years, January has been designated as International Child-Centred Divorce Awareness Month. Most parents already realize that, in a child's eyes, there is no good time to learn that his or her parents will divorce. Coming so soon after a holiday celebration like Christmas, however, it can be particularly difficult to come to terms with the news. How may California parents facing these issues act in the best interest of the child and smooth the transition involved?

Be consistent and considerate in the best interest of the child

The holiday season is upon us, but this joyous time can also be fraught with tension. Even the happiest of families may experience some measure of stress, as the pressure to create the perfect celebration mounts. California residents who are going through a divorce may feel that they are treading a very fine line between what they feel is in the best interest of the child and what their estranged spouse believes is best. This may relate to such matters as the giving of gifts or visitation times.

Lead by example, a special gift in the best interest of the child

It is said that, in order to appreciate the good times, one must endure through the bad times. This may be hard to accept when going through a divorce, especially if it is happening during one of the most family-oriented holidays of the year. It is natural to strive to do what is in the best interest of the child -- or children -- and many California residents may feel a sense of guilt at this time. However, it may be possible for good lessons to come out of a painful experience.

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