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April 2015 Archives

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.

How do Californians qualify for an annulment?

Most people aren't as familiar with annulments as they are with divorce. However, in some cases, California residents seek to nullify a marriage or domestic partnership. An annulment, or nullity, declares a domestic partnership or marriage to be invalid. A divorce, or the other hand, legally terminates or dissolves the relationship.

What rights do grandparents have in a divorce?

Divorce doesn't just effect the two people who are becoming uncoupled; it effects children and even grandparents. Can you imagine loving a child so much as a grandparent and then, after the divorce, not seeing that child ever again because of some legal ruling? You don't have to be that grandparent.

Supervised visitation: Understand and protect your legal rights

In our previous post, we discussed how California is redefining when a parent can lose custody of a child. As some people already know, there are instances in which the type of visitations a child can have with a parent are severely limited. In some cases, such as when Child Protective Services is involved, a parent might only be able to see his or her child in a supervised visit. Difficult divorces and high-conflict child custody cases might also involve supervised visitation.

California court redefines when parents can lose custody

A recent California appellate court ruling has some family law and children's rights attorneys concerned about the level of government intervention it could bring to families trying to deal with difficult children. The case involves a teen who ran away from home multiple times, skipped school, had at least one violent tantrum, falsely reported that her mother was abusive, landed in the hospital and eventually had two children.

Interstate child custody agreements offer protections

Last week, we discussed some of the unique challenges that affect military members who are involved in a child custody matter. One of those challenges is that military members don't usually stay in the same location for longer than a couple of years. As you can imagine, that makes child custody agreements difficult to uphold. In the United States, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act provides some protections for members of the military and others who are facing interstate child custody matters.

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