Five Tested Ways to Solve Parenting Conflict

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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Child Support in California

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”

Child Custody: Placement with the most stable parent is the courts primary goal

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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CONTEMPT MOTIONS: Use them carefully or you risk court sanctions!

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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