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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.

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.

What will happen to separate property in a child custody issue?

There are many issues that come up and are intertwined when you get a divorce. If you are in the process of separating and you have children, it gets even more complicated. If you are trying to get separate property out of the divorce, having children will make a difference. If the custody of children has been awarded to you and you are supporting them, you may find it easier to receive a positive outcome. Separate property would be assets that you owned before the marriage or were given to you because you were an heir and your relative passed away during the marriage.

What can you do to make a divorce easier on your kids?

Going through a divorce can leave you emotionally scarred. You may be angry, vindictive, resentful or just plain hurt. While you want to make your partner pay by lashing out at him or her, this will do nothing to boost your self-esteem. Getting a law firm on your side who will fight to get you what you want is one avenue to go down. If there are children involved, you may want to re-think that. Being sure that the children are taken care of needs to be your first thought in a divorce.

Tips to help you deal with custody issues and parenting plans

Child custody cases are some of the most difficult ones for an adult to go through. Just thinking of the effects of the divorce on children can be enough to make parents break down. While there isn't a way to take away all the effects that the divorce will have on your children, there are some ways that you can make the situation less stressful.

What does California law say about child custody?

Getting a divorce often means that children are involved. In California, the state law complies with the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act that the federal government has put in place. The law has provisions for not only parents but also grandparents. However, joint custody and visitation rights are the main focus. This act fosters a sense of legal cooperation in case one of the parents is located in a different state. It was enacted in 1973.

What does supervised visitation mean for me?

Dealing with a custody order that includes supervised visitation can be difficult for both parents and the children, but there are some things you can do to make the experience as stress free as possible. Having an attorney who is familiar with your situation can also ensure you have someone to consult on any issues or questions that arise throughout the process.

Kelly Rutherford regains custody of children

A custody battle that was waged across two countries and several years has finally reached a resolution -- for the moment. According to reports, actress Kelly Rutherford was awarded emergency temporary custody of her two children, ages 8 and 6, who have been living with their father in Monaco since 2013.

Judge rules in favor of mother who took tween to Pink concert

Just because the divorce is final and the custody of the children is settled doesn't mean that there won't be issues later on down the road. As your children age, you may find yourself facing uncharted territory and situations that you didn't think about at the time of the divorce. It's common for ex-spouses to have different ideas about what is appropriate for tweens and teenagers, and when these differences reach an impasse, it can mean the courts have to step in.

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