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. […]

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 […]

Child Visitation Do’s and Don’ts

Child visitation is critical for both children and parents after a separation or divorce. Not only does it help children build a familial bond with the non-custodial parent, but a parent has a legal right to maintain a relationship with their child. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for conflicts between former spouses to arise concerning visitation, […]

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 […]

What Are Child Visitation Rights for Fathers?

When children are involved in a divorce, understanding your rights as a parent can be difficult and confusing. This is especially true if you are a father, and primary custody has been given to the mother of your children. What are child visitation rights for fathers in California, and what can you expect when it […]

How Does Supervised Visitation Work in California?

simply means that a non-custodial parent can only visit with their child in the presence of another adult. Primarily, the arrangement is used to keep the child safe while supporting the child/parent relationship. When deemed necessary, the court will work supervised visitation into the parenting plan. In addition, both parents may also be required to formulate a […]

Step Parent Rights: What Are My Visitation Rights as a Step Parent?

If you are a step parent, you may be wondering what your rights are when it comes to visiting your step child. Historically, step parents have held very few rights concerning their spouse’s children. However, that began to change after 2000, when most states passed legislation that broadened step parent rights, including visitation rights. While these […]

Holiday Visitation for Non-Custodial Parent

During divorce, when one parent is awarded physical child custody, the other parent is typically given visitation rights. However, child visitation rights are not an automatic right — they’re considered a privilege. Once established, it’s vital that you stick to the parenting plan and visitation schedule, even during major holidays. While the holiday season may seem […]