Custody tends to get complicated. Especially if one party isn’t a child’s biological parent. And the deck is stacked against third-party custody cases.
Legal problems have a way of following a person around, but how do they impact child custody arrangements and visitation?
Recreational marijuana has been legal in California for a year and a half, how does this newfound status impact child custody disputes?
Divorce, child custody, and child support battles can boil over into heated, contentious affairs, but military service often complicates matters further.
After a divorce, can you change your child’s last name? Even if you have full custody and decision-making powers?
After a divorce, many parents are able to work together to co-parent their kids. But even then problems arise, which make parenting plans so vital.
For single parents, it can be frustrating when your teenager wants to live with the non-custodial parent. Accurate advice for parents is critical.
The length of a marriage has a lot to do with how a divorce plays out. Part of this is practical. In shorter marriages, there’s usually not as much shared property. On the other hand, the longer the marriage, the more intertwined two lives become. Thus it becomes more difficult …
As written, divorce and custody laws are gender neutral. Still, can a stay at home dad get full custody of his kids? What are his chances?
A Guardian ad Litem is an adult appointed by the court to represent the best interest of an individual (usually children) for a specific period of time.
The effects of divorce on children is often the first consideration of parents considering divorce. Here we explore “how does divorce impact children?”
There are bound to be clashes as the custodial parent enforces the rules while the other gets to be the “fun parent.”
Is there an age in California where a child can legally choose to opt-out of visitation and go against the schedule laid out in a parenting plan?
“My sister left her husband and she does not want him to see the kids because he is involved with the law right now and he is unstable.”
Physical Custody vs. Legal Custody. These two terms are not transposable; rather they describe two different aspects of child custody.
When it comes to child custody decisions, the courts generally put the best interests of the child above other concerns. Part of this most often involves keeping the parents a major part of their lives. But what about situations where the parents can’t or won’t “parent?” Can grandparents step in …
Should you hire an attorney before you head to court? You probably should. Here’s why it’s usually a massive benefit to your case.
Courts consider many factors when ruling on child custody, including criminal records. It’s important to know how a felony conviction may impact your case.
“I haven’t seen my daughter in three years. Her mother has given her to her sister in Arizona and they will not let me talk to her or let me see her.”
Ending a marriage is tricky business. But how can you divorce if there was never any marriage certificate filed in the first place?
Child custody disputes are common during divorce. But what about when there was no marriage?Who gets the kids? Do you even have any parental rights?
What can you do if your ex’s decisions potentially place your children in danger? What options do you have? This one strange story may offer some insight.
The most vulnerable members of society, it’s tragic when parents don’t care for children. If you encounter a case of child endangerment, what can you do?
After parents split, a parenting plan lays out the custody arrangement. But what if the couple never actually married? Do you still need one?
Everyone from certified experts to celebrities have talked about vaccines. The fallout from this conflict is everywhere, even in child custody disputes.
Leaving the marital home without having a strategy in place, can create a significant disadvantage throughout the rest of the divorce process.
Child custody cases are often heated and complex, but can your spouse give away guardianship of your child without your consent?
What happens when two divorced parents refuse to abide by a parenting plan? Can grandparents step in and help right the ship?
If it’s only you, relocating after divorce is relatively simple. However, when there are children and custody issued invovled, things become more complex.
The common refrain goes: “mothers always get custody after divorce.” We’ve all heard that or something similar. But has that always been the case?
Pet custody is evolving and catching up, however. A few states have passed legislation to distinguish pets from other assets and to protect their rights.
How does birdnesting work? Instead of the children bouncing back and forth between mom/dad, they stay put and the parents trade places.
It’s long been assumed mothers have an advantage in child custody cases, but is one parent more important to childhood development than the other?
What rights to grandparents have when it comes to child custody and visitation? It’s a complicated situation with much to consider.
Child custody cases have a massive impact on your life and the lives of your children, so how you prepare is a matter of great importance.
Having children is the most rewarding thing many of us experience. It’s life-changing, but it’s also important to know your rights as a soon-to-be father.
It’s easy to make mistakes that hurt child custody cases, but here are a few common missteps that can sink a case and how to avoid them.
Not everyone who cares for a child is a biological parent. It’s rare, but in some cases, the courts name a de facto parent. Here’s what that means.
That’s not always an option, however. A biological parent usually has the inside track, but in situations where the child’s well-being is in question, a de facto parent may assume custody.
Finding the best child custody lawyer for your case is one of the most important things you’ll ever do. Here’s how to go about it.
We’re proud to announce that The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization has named attorney Daniel Warren a Certified Family Law Specialist.
What’s parental alienation and how does it impact high-conflict divorce? Here’s what you need to know when it comes to these situations.
The decision to terminate parental rights isn’t an easy one, but in some situations it may be the right move for everyone involved.
There are multiple types of child custody, and knowing details about each can help direct the strategy for a child custody case.
After a divorce, you may never want to see your ex again, but if you have kids, meeting during custody exchanges is likely going to happen.
Stepparenting and bringing distinct families together never goes as smooth and simple as on The Brady Bunch. Are there potential dangers?
Divorce can be a traumatic event. Ending a marriage may throw your entire world into upheaval. After surviving this experience, many people simply want to get away and a relocation is an option. Some move to a new place to escape negative memories; to be near family, friends, or another …
Child support serves an important role in providing your child the necessary financial resources to sustain their well being—but calculating the accurate amount of support that is necessary isn’t infallible. Changing circumstances, income fluctuations, and the child’s needs all factor into how support should be computed. Being aware of common …
Signing the divorce decree can feel like you have reached the finish line. The negotiating and bargaining is complete, assets and debts have been divided, and the logistics of the separation have been worked out. Finalizing the divorce provides closure, but for divorcing parents it is also the official matriculation …
Navigating stepfamilies can be challenging for everyone involved. Whether they are your children from a previous relationship, or they are your significant other’s, blending into a cohesive unit is no easy task. While the road to successful step-parenting can be difficult, the reward of forging strong and lasting relationships is …
The California legislature is blazing a trail in custody. On October 4, 2013 State Senate Bill No. 274 was signed into law and established provisions for recognizing more than 2 parents. Until the passing of Bill 274, parentage was established using guidelines from the Uniform Parentage Act. Those guidelines limited …
“How do I win custody?” is often the first question that we are asked by fathers in an initial consultation. This isn’t surprising; child custody can be a complicated topic rife with stress and frustration. Understanding the information the court uses to make a decision on custody can ensure that …
This week San Diego child custody lawyer, Zephyr Hill, answers a question about medical marijuana, modifying child custody, and divorce law in California. The father’s question details how his ex-wife is using medical marijuana and asks if it is possible to change the custody agreement. The father asks: “My ex-wife …
Any amount of money that she will receive must be reasonable both in amount and in time frame. To determine what is reasonable, the court is going to look at many factors listed in Cal. Fam. Code §4320.