Changing the Custodial Parent in Your Custody Agreement

Child custody is one of the most emotional aspects of any divorce or separation. But it’s important to understand that the custody arrangement entered into or ordered after a divorce can be modified at any time before the child turns 18. If there has been a substantial change in circumstances, a court may permit a […]

Can I Change My Child Custody Agreement Without Court?

There can be many reasons you might seek to change a child custody agreement that was previously ordered by the court. If circumstances change as the child grows, the custody order in place may no longer reflect their best interests or meet the needs of your family. However, if you and your spouse can reach […]

How Can You Lose Custody of a Child?

In any California child custody case, the best interests of the child are first and foremost. This is the standard that guides a judge in making their initial custody decision — and it is also the basis upon which a parent can lose custody. While the court will consider various factors when rendering a custody […]

What to Expect from Child Custody Mediation in California

Child custody is often the most emotional issue in a divorce or separation that parents will face. While the children’s interests should always come first, sometimes parents might disagree about what is best for them. Child Custody mediation in California can be an effective tool to help parents resolve their disputes and reach a custody […]

Living Accommodations and Your Child Custody Case

The most difficult aspect of any divorce or separation can be deciding where your children will live, and which parent will have custody. When making a child custody determination, a California court will consider many factors, including each parents’ living accommodations and their ability to provide a safe environment. Although every family’s situation is different, […]

Sole Legal Custody: Pros & Cons

Most people are familiar with the term “child custody.” However, if you’re going through a divorce or separation, it’s essential to understand that there are different types of custody arrangements — and you can tailor any custody agreement to meet the specific needs of your children. Although the first concern for parents is generally where […]

How Has COVID-19 Affected Parenting Time?

COVID-19 has had a major impact on divorced families in California and across the country. For even the most amicable co-parents, quarantine, social distancing, and health concerns have created various hurdles to maintaining a cooperative co-parenting relationship that they haven’t had to face before. Despite the pandemic, California parenting time guidelines have remained the same […]

Adoption By a Family Member

Adopting a family member is common when birth parents are not able to care for their children or when a step parent steps up to take on a legal parental role. In fact, the court will often seek out family members to serve as foster and adoptive parents as an alternative to putting children into […]

What Is Assisted Reproductive Technology?

If you have considered fertility treatment, you should consult an assisted reproductive technology attorney. Many people use assisted reproductive technology (ART) to conceive and give birth to a child. However, ART has many legal challenges that should be considered. Call Law Offices of Rick D. Banks at (559) 222-4891.   What Is Assisted Reproductive Technology? […]

How Mental Illness Can Affect Custody in Divorce

Parents with mental illness and child custody issues are common in family law cases. Mental illness is suffered by many, whether it be anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or another condition. Not only can it lead to divorce, but it can also impact your child custody.   If you have questions about your specific situation in […]