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Making child custody exchange safe for children and parents

The exchange of child custody is one of the most stressful situations a child can endure, especially if their parents cannot get along. It's important for the parents or guardians of the children to do everything in their power to make the exchange of child custody as safe for their children and themselves as possible. Let's take a look at some important tips to make this happen.

First and foremost, it's important to pick a location that is neutral for everyone. This can be a police station, a fire station, a public library or even the child's school. This will make both parents or guardians feel comfortable and help the child at the same time.

Rise in the number of unmarried parents cohabitating

There is a degree of certainty for married parents. Children of the marriage are, for example, legally presumed to be the biological children of the parents (at least with heterosexual couples). In the absence of a premarital agreement or other special arrangement, when a California marital relationship ends, assets divide according to state community property standards and child custody arrangements move forward per the children's best interests.

Pew Research shows that one of out every four parents living with a child in 2018 is unmarried. If unmarried parents separate, things are a bit more complicated. The complication extends not only to the division of property that the couple may have shared in their time together - which can itself be very difficult to divide depending on how long the relationship was and how commingled the assets are - but also to custody arrangements.

How to spot the warning signs of divorce

Not every couple will see their love story end happily ever after. The sad fact of the matter is that too many marriages end in divorce. There are just too many problems that happen in today's world that affect the strength of a marriage. Let's take a look at warning signs of divorce so you know what to be on the lookout for in your relationship.

When you start finding reasons to avoid your spouse, you very well could be headed for a divorce. There's no greater warning sign than refusing to come home after work or staying late at work on purpose. If you spend more time out of the home when your spouse is there, it might be time to speak to a divorce attorney.

About Family Code 271

As a general rule, the courts of law anywhere in the world conduct the proceedings of a divorce litigation in a way that a suitable decision can be reached without conflict. Although the California courts try to streamline the divorce litigation process as much as possible, there are instances wherein the divorcing parties are not ready to give up without a fight.

In many cases, when one spouse is more financially adept than the other, they might try to employ unethical tactics of using their resources to drive up the overall costs of the lawsuit. The party might do this in a number of ways, including denying cooperation, filing irrelevant motions, and basically trying to delay the court ruling as long as possible. Needless to say, this takes up a lot of the valuable time of the court, and considerably increases the expenses involved in paying off the attorney fees, court costs, and so on.

Millennial generation prompting prenup boom

The millennial generation takes a lot of flak, blamed for everything from the death of sit-down restaurants to the decline of the diamond industry. One business area not feeling the impact of millennials, however, is the wedding industry. Millennials - those between the ages of 22 and 37 in 2018 - are still marrying at approximately the same rate as their forebears, with a few differences.

First and foremost, millennials are waiting longer to marry. Whereas their parents may have wed in their early 20s, most millennials are walking down the aisle in their 30s instead. The longer one waits to wed, though, the more complicated things become in terms of premarital personal property and debt acquisition.

Custody also touches on decision-making

For many divorcing couples, one of the big things a divorce involves is negotiating a parenting plan. Such plans can set out what the custody arrangement will be regarding a divorcing couple’s children moving forward.

When people think of what is addressed in parenting plans, their minds may go straight to who the kids will live with and who gets time with the kids when. This is called physical custody. While this is a very important aspect of child custody, it is crucial to note that it is not the only one, and thus not the only thing parenting plans should typically address.

Between a relationship rock and a hard place?

Ever been "stuck" in a negative relationship, or in a bad cycle in one? Ever feel like walking away, but just can't bring yourself to take that first step? You aren't weak or indecisive. You aren't a glutton for punishment, and destiny won't trap you there, unhappy, forever.

It turns out that there is a scientific reason and rationale for these types of relationship doldrums. It's called the "sunk cost effect."

Child Custody in Cases of Interstate Divorce

Child custody cases can be complicated, confusing, and highly stressful to everyone involved, especially the child in question. Older children may have a say in which parent they live with, but that can further add to their stress as they have to choose one parent over another. The confusion and stress can escalate, especially when the parents reside in different states and apply for custody. What are the rules for interstate child custody cases in California?

Four facts about domestic violence every Californian should know

Do you know that the rate of domestic violence in California is higher than the national average? According to the California Domestic Violence Fact Sheet, approximately 40 percent of California women experience physical intimate partner violence in their lifetimes.

Look a little deeper and you’ll find that nationwide, 93 percent of women who were murdered knew their killer – and 63 percent of those women were murdered by their husband or boyfriend.

Legal Rights of Grandparents in a Divorce


Are you a grandparent living in California? Are you struggling to meet your grandchildren after the parents divorced? Did you know that there are laws guaranteeing rights to grandparents for visiting their grandchildren in such situations? Legally, in California, you cannot be denied the right to visit your grandchildren, even if the parents are divorced and the family situation has undergone changes.

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