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Gaining custody of a sibling

California parents are considered the natural guardians of their children. In some cases, another family member, such as a sibling, may need to gain custody of a minor child because the parents are deceased or are unable or unfit to care for the child.

Effects of substance abuse on child custody

Family courts in California and around the U.S. base child custody decisions on the best interest of the child. When a parent has concerns about the other parent's abuse of alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription drugs, a judge would consider how this behavior could impact the safety of the children. Someone wishing to address a parent's substance abuse could do so at the initial child custody hearing or request changes after a court has already issued an order for custody and visitation.

Do children have a say in child custody disputes?

California children are often caught in the middle between their divorcing parents during a child custody battle. Depending on the age of the children, the court will sometimes consider their wishes, but a complete exploration to determine the best interests of the child will usually occur. A child's wishes may not always be found to be the best solution.

Flo Rida sued for child support for 7-month old son

California music lovers may be interested to learn that rapper Flo Rida was sued for child support on April 20 by a woman who claims that he is the father of her son. The 7-month old child reportedly has a medical condition called hydrocephalus, which prompted the mother to seek child support.

How an ex parte protective order can help in an abusive situation

Definitions of domestic violence can range from the use of abusive language to the instigation of physical violence. If you are living in a situation where these or other abusive behaviors are exhibited, you might be wondering what your options are. The state of California allows for ex parte protective orders that can be issued on an emergency basis, and there are some benefits that such an order may be able to provide. The following three factors are important to take into consideration.

How to help a child divorce during a divorce

Orange County parents who are getting a divorce may want to consider how they can mitigate its effects on their children. Timing might be important because during the school year, parents may be able to have meetings with their attorneys and do other divorce-related business while children are in class. The advantage of summer is that parents may be able to spend more time with their children.

Understanding the needs of children in divorce

When parents with young children in California decide to get a divorce, it means big changes for them and the children. Kids who are under the age of 5 will need stability and reassurance that they are loved and that their parents will always be there for them. In most cases, any effects from a separation or divorce will subside within two years.

Changing a custody arrangement after the divorce is finalized

After months of mediating, fighting for your rights and negotiating the terms of your divorce, you may think that everything is finalized after you are declared divorced. In reality, changing locations, needs and circumstances can mean constant adjustments to the parenting plan for both you and your ex-spouse. While you should always consult with an experienced attorney to determine individual solutions, there are a few things you need to know about changing your custody arrangement.

How unmarried fathers can seek visitation or custody

Unless there are extenuating circumstances, all biological parents have the right to maintain a relationship with their children either through visitation or custody. This is true even if the parents were not married when the children were born. Courts usually make custody decisions based on what is in the best interest of the children, and it is usually believed that the involvement of both parents is best.

The dangers of disputes during child exchanges

When California parents separate, they will likely share child-rearing duties between each other. Depending on the situation, this means that the children will be exchanged between the two parents in accordance with custody and visitation schedules. While most parents are able to exchange their children with no trouble, it can be dangerous when disagreements rise.

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