Do Kids Have a Say Where They Live in a California Custody Agreement?

Determining where a child will live after a divorce or separation can be a difficult decision. Not only are there various factors that must be evaluated — but in some cases, a child’s preferences should also be considered. California law allows children to have a voice in the courtroom when it comes to how a […]

How Does a Restraining Order Affect a Child Custody Case?

A restraining order is a legal mechanism often used in cases involving domestic violence and when there are safety concerns. While a restraining order can take a substantial financial and emotional toll on both parties, it can also significantly affect the outcome of a child custody matter. How does a restraining order affect child custody? […]

Declaration of Paternity: How to Establish Paternity in California

Establishing paternity is crucial for both a biological father and the child. Legally declaring paternity ensures that a biological father has the same rights and obligations they would have had if they were married to the child’s mother. The child can also benefit from knowing their father’s identity and developing a parental bond with them. […]

When Does a Joint Custody Agreement Work?

Child custody doesn’t always have to be a contentious issue. A joint custody agreement can allow both parents to share an equal amount of time with their children and take part in all major decisions concerning their upbringing. These types of arrangements are generally favored by courts, and they can work very well in certain […]

Child Custody Laws for Unmarried Fathers

In California, child custody laws for unmarried parents are the same as those for those who are married. Even if you and your child’s other parent were never legally married, you both generally have the same rights, obligations, and privileges when it comes to raising your child. Significantly, courts do not favor either the mother […]

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, […]