Parental Gatekeeping and Co-Parenting

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Transitioning to Co-parenting can be tough and unfortunately, parental gatekeeping can occur when one parent is unable, or unwilling, to adjust to the new circumstances. The logistics and emotions associated with the end of a relationship are often overwhelming, and almost always difficult. Challenges with adapting to the new status …

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Should I Move Out?

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Coming to terms with the idea that you and your spouse are wanting, and/or needing, to end your marriage is never easy. When property and children are involved it makes the split more complicated and more stressful. For many men, moving out as soon as possible is an attempt to …

Common Child Support Mistakes

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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 …

Co-Parenting After Divorce

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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 …

Physical Custody vs. Legal Custody

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What is the difference between physical custody and legal custody? It isn’t uncommon to hear people use physical custody and legal custody interchangeably. Unfortunately, this is incorrect. These two terms are not transposable; rather they describe two different aspects of child custody. The term “child custody” is the overarching term …

Stepparenting and Blended Families

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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 …

Legislation: More Than 2 Parents?

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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?

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Click here to get answers at no charge “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 …

Shared Custody Earns a New Advocate

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As San Diego divorce attorneys focused on representing the husbands and fathers in our community, we have witnessed first-hand the challenges that many men face in the family court system. In particular we have seen loving and committed fathers relegated to part time parents. Numerous studies have substantiated the importance …

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5 Signs of Parental Alienation

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Child custody disputes can lead to parental alienation Divorce and child custody cases are never easy. Unfortunately for some fathers, their situations are further complicated by parental alienation. The term parental alienation is used by the family court system to describe the behavior of negatively influencing a child to reject …

Advice for Parents

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What to do when your teenager wants to live with the other parent. Sole custody means you are in control If you have sole custody of your child, you have control of the situation (even though it might not feel like it). The decision as to whether you want to …

Does Divorce Impact Children?

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Divorce is inherently contentious with both parties having different objectives.  However, there is one topic in divorce where even the most disagreeable couples find common ground: the impact of divorce on children. The effects of divorce on children is often the first consideration of parents considering divorce. Numerous studies have …

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Radio Episode 1

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In the inaugural episode of Divorce for Men Radio, Rick Jones and Zephyr Hill discuss the child custody situation of Grammy Award winning singer Usher and the factors courts consider when determining custody.  Custody can be a complex area of family law. In Usher’s case, custody was initially awarded to …