Developing parenting plans, also know as child visitation orders, is an art and a science. You must create an order that is tailored to the complexities of your life as well as be technically enforceable by a judge.
Here are 5 key things you must consider in developing any parenting order:
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As the end of the school year rapidly approaches, parents are faced with planning visitation and timeshare that is appropriate for their children’s summer break. Here are three Do’s and two Don’ts to consider when designing your summer visitation:
Do come up with specific dates and times for exchanging the children. Continue reading “Summer Visitation Do’s and Don’ts”
NEW LAWS AFFECTING FAMILIES IN 2014: HAVING MORE THAN TWO LEGAL PARENTS
On Oct. 4, 2013, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will allow a state court to legally declare that a child has more than two parents, if not doing so would be “detrimental” to the child. Continue reading “Multiple Parents”
Here are a few tips on how to coordinate visitation between parents over the holidays:
Be respectful – For the sake of the children, divorced parents should try to be respectful of one another and try not to argue in front of the children. This will help to create more positive and lasting holiday memories for the kids. Continue reading “Tips for Successful Parenting During the Holidays”
Parenting children from separate households will always be a challenge, even in the best of circumstances. Work obligations, school schedules, special holidays and family events are circumstances each parent must grapple with, but the problems that prevented a marriage or partnership from continuing do not have to drive the communication surrounding parenting the children.
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Basing Lower Support Award on a Reduced Work Regimen Is Not a Deviation from Family Code Section 4050-4076 Support Guidelines
In any situation involving children where the parents are no longer together, California Family Code section 4050 et seq. requires that each parent become as gainfully employed as possible for their own personal support as well as for the support of their children. Typically this standard is assumed to mean that a parent is expected to work full time unless health or economic reasons justify otherwise. Continue reading “Child Support in California”
The California family law courts are required to support the children’s best interests in the determination of a parenting plan. In pursuit of that goal, the custodial outcome will be driven by a determination of a number of factors heavily weighted towards the child’s placement in the most stable and child centered household.
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A contempt motion is a quasi-criminal proceeding that can be employed in a family law case when there is a clear, unequivocal violation of a court order. The person violating an order can be subject to both fines and jail time for each violation.
For example, if a person obligated to pay support fails to do so yet had the ability to pay thereby meeting the courts requirement of satisfying the burden of proof of violating a court order beyond a reasonable doubt, the court can find the violator in contempt.
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