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January 2016 Archives

Effect of divorce on children's mental health

Many parents are worried about how their children will respond to the news that they are divorcing. It's normal to want to be prepared to handle your children's questions and emotions as positively as possible, but it's also important to have a realistic idea of what a normal and healthy emotional response to a divorce is.

How do California judges determine child custody?

When couples are going through a divorce, it's generally in everybody's best interests if they can work out financial and child custody agreements on their own, with the help of their attorneys or via mediation. If they're not able to do that, a judge will be required to make these crucial decisions for them.

What does the Judicial Council do in California for divorce?

Family law is the law in California pertaining to divorce. It covers such things as mediation, property distribution and debt distribution. It also involves child support and custody issues. The authorities were on point when they passed laws that set up committees and groups of experts to issue reports and mandates for family law issues. As a matter of fact, the Judicial Council is appointed by law to assist the court system in implementing mediation proceedings and other issues.

Why solid surrogacy agreements are essential

Surrogacy has become an increasingly common means of having a child for people who otherwise wouldn't be able to. People choose surrogacy for a variety of reasons. For example, some women can't or shouldn't get pregnant for health reasons or because of their age. Same-sex male couples sometimes use surrogate mothers in order to have children.

Setting aside emotions during divorce

Emotions often run high during divorce. In some cases, feelings of bitterness and acrimony linger after a spouse's infidelity comes to light. In others, a sense of grief over the loss of a once happy marriage makes it difficult to move forward.

Which parent claims the child for tax purposes?

There are several qualifications that must be met for a child to be claimed as a dependent. These include relationship to the provider and the child's age. However, the child must also meet certain residency requirements with the parent trying to claim the child as a dependent. For this reason, the custodial parent in the case of divorced or separated parents claims the child for tax purposes. However, there are some situations in which the opposite is true.

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