Do Grandparents or other relatives Have Custody Rights in California

Custody battles can take a heavy toll on everyone involved. It is difficult for children and their parents, but it can also be difficult for grandparents and other relatives close to the family struggling to work out these issues. Grandparents and other relatives may have custodial and visitation rights when it comes to minor children—depending on the circumstances of each case.

Rights of Non-Parental

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Adopting a Step Child – What is the Process and Why is it Important?

Many couples who enter into marriage or domestic partnerships in California have a child or children from a previous relationship or one partner may choose to use surrogacy to become a parent. By virtue of the legal status between the partners, the non-parent becomes a stepparent to the children of their partner.  But the status of being a stepparent does not confer any legal rights between the stepparent and the children. Only by adopting a stepchild can a stepparent

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Understanding Why a Child Support Modification May be Appropriate

California’s food and housing insecurity deteriorated during the pandemic. The fault line in the state’s division of wealth became wider and more unstable. More than a third of Californians live under or near the poverty line. And because of antiquated child support laws, one of the most

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Solutions for Handling Custody Exchanges When Parents Don’t Get Along

Divorce and child custody are among the most contentious and highly emotional life events. When parents do not get along, the children suffer the most.  Whether children are precocious preschoolers or smart-mouthed teenagers, confrontational custody exchanges can have lasting harm. However, there are solutions to reduce conflict. 

How High Conflict Custody Exchanges Hurt

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Is A Custody Plan Necessary If You Just Separate?

When married partners get a legal separation, they are not divorced, but they are no longer married either. That usually means they live at separate locations, and their children must travel back and forth to see them both. This can potentially cause additional hardship to children who are already going through the painful process of having their parents split up.  The State of California has a keen interest in the welfare of its children. So California law prioritizes the welfare of children when couples separate by requiring

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How to Change an Estate Plan After a Divorce

Going through a divorce is painful at every step and in every way – emotionally, physically, mentally, and financially.  Unfortunately, yet another step that is important for couples not to overlook during this challenging time is updating the estate plan that was in place when they were happily married. If they do, assets upon death could be dispersed to an ex-spouse, which is not a happy thought. Even worse, if that ex-spouse remarries, assets could be given to that new spouse and their children. Back in 1994, David Egelhoff lived in Washington state and worked for the Boeing Company. It was a respectable job with a good pension plan and a life insurance policy. He had been married a couple of times. He had two kids with his previous wife and was just coming out of a divorce with his second wife, Donna Rae Egelhoff.  Two months after David signed the papers to finalize the divorce from Donna, he got in a

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Keep it Simple, Keep the Inheritance Separate

The Millennial Generation continues to break the traditions of previous generations. Never scared of asking questions and doing things differently, these 25-to-40-year-olds are veering away from joint bank accounts and keeping their money in separate accounts. Millennial parents also have one eye on the future. Almost 30% of them have already started saving for their kids’ college. Although less than half of these parents are aware of 529 plans—tax-advantaged plans used to invest in the education of individual children.

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Custody and Visitation Arrangements if an Ex-Spouse is Relocated Due to the Military

What Happens to Custody and Visitation Arrangements if an Ex-Spouse is Relocated Due to the Military? Parents who are divorced work hard to develop workable visitation arrangements prior to their marriage dissolving. The court's stance has always been what is in the best interest of the child or children of the marriage. Once a divorce is finalized, custody and visitation schedules are put in place to avoid disrupting the child's life as much as possible. To be blunt, criminal charges can, and likely will, affect the custody of your child in California. There are various degrees of criminal charges, and the more severe a charge is, the more impact it will have on your custody case.  A judge will always decide a custody battle with the best interest of the child in mind, which is why a criminal history may not always be detrimental or affect child

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