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 […]

Signs of Parental Alienation

If one parent is trying to distance their children from the other parent, there may be signs of parental alienation. Attempts to alienate a child from a parent can be made for a variety of reasons, but the result is always negative for the child. If this is happening in your life, contact a child […]

How to Prove Child Abandonment

If your child has been without one or both of their parents for a period of time, you may wonder how to prove child abandonment. California has a variety of laws that address child abandonment and how it should be handled by the court. Read below to learn more about this situation. For more information […]

Temporary Custody Order for Grandparents

Grandparents can gain custody of their grandchildren in various ways. One way is to obtain a temporary custody order for grandparents if there is a situation that warrants an immediate need for or temporary change of custody. Read below to learn more about custody orders that allow children to live with their grandparents.   Call […]