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Overcoming spousal absence is in the best interest of the child

The holiday season is a time that is usually full of happy anticipation. For a child whose parents are going through a divorce, it can be less enjoyable, and he or she may find it difficult to cope. This may be made worse if a parent decides to absent himself or herself from the child's life. Residents of California may also find it difficult to cope with the problems associated with an unsupportive spouse, when seeking to do that which is in the best interest of the child.

For happy holidays, consider the best interest of the child

Many people eagerly anticipate the approach of the holiday season. For some, it is a time of great happiness to be shared with their children. When a family is going through a divorce, however, this time of year may instead become more tense. It is likely that any children will wish to spend quality time with both parents over the holidays. For residents of California, as in other states, when trying to negotiate a visitation schedule, it is better to consider what is in the best interest of the child.

Mark Sanford to enter mediation with his ex-wife over visitation

When a marriage starts to come apart, it can sometimes feel to the couple involved as though their lives are being viewed through an enormous goldfish bowl. California has perhaps more than its fair share of celebrities, but politicians are equally likely to suffer from close media attention at such times. A U.S. Congressman from another state, Mark Sanford, is one such individual who is currently in this unenviable position. He and his ex-wife have now agreed to enter the mediation process in order to resolve disagreements relating to visitation and other issues.

Advice on parenting schedule is in the best interest of the child

As a parent, one sometimes may find that he or she not only disagrees with their children about how they should be raised, but one may also disagree with his or her spouse. It is usually possible for parents to negotiate between themselves regarding what is in the best interest of the child; however, this can become more complicated in the event of divorce. While California courts will not routinely intervene between married parents, they can and do intercede between unmarried or divorcing couples. Without proper forethought, this can become a problem in itself.

Parental relocation matters may extend beyond national borders

It is never easy to make the decision to divorce when children are involved. Child custody and associated issues can be difficult at the best of times. What may prove more complex are the times when California residents find themselves engaged in custodial issues and parental relocation matters involving significant geographical distance between the two parties.

Should custody and visitation litigation favor joint custody?

After parents divorce, their children's well-being is usually at the forefront of their minds. When it comes to matters of custody and visitation litigation, it is most often the case that one parent, usually but not always the mother, will have primary custody, with the other parent being granted very limited access. Some are now questioning whether this is in the best interests of children in California, or if is it a detrimental act which alienates children from the non-custodial parent.

Respect and restraint are in the best interest of the child

There is an old saying that goes "little pitchers have big ears," and sometimes people underestimate how true this may be. Children do see and hear far more than is often realized, especially when a couple are caught up in negotiating the sometimes stormy waters of divorce. California residents may not have to worry about fault-based divorce, but this doesn't necessarily stop a spouse from being deliberately contentious. How does one avoid arguments and rancor to maintain that which is in the best interest of the child?

Co-parenting is in the best interest of the child in California

There is no doubt that the life of a single parent can be difficult and fraught, but if both parents continue to take an active role in bringing up their children post-divorce, then it need not be. In California, a judge will not usually make a decision about custody and visitation until after the parents have met with a mediator from Family Court Services, but it is preferable for the parents themselves to come up with a parenting plan on which they both agree. In this manner, the best interest of the child may be served.

Child custody: Tips for smooth transitioning and a bright future

Everyone has heard of how nasty divorces have the potential to negatively impact children; however, all divorces do not have to be so severe. When making negotiations on child custody, the child's best interest now and in the future should always be first on the parents' minds. To help reduce the potentially negative impact of divorce on the children, there are some steps California parents can take to make the transition smoother as well as benefit the children in the future.

Usher's ex-wife denied child custody after son's accident

Deciding on which parent gets primary child custody of the children during divorce negotiations is hardly ever an easy factor to determine. In fact, custody battles can go on between the separated spouses until the children turn 18 in California as well as in the rest of the country. Hearings to determine a change in the existing custody situation can be brought on by a number of factors. For example, one parent may choose to request primary child custody after a significant and dangerous event occurs with one of the children.

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