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Man claims he lost child custody due to military service

Family law matters can be extremely complicated. Some people may think that a divorce simply results in joint custody agreements, an equal division of property, and the nonpayment of alimony, the truth of the matter is far different. Many couples wind up battling for sole custody rights, equitable but not even division of property and debts, and significant amounts of alimony and child support.

Domestic violence can play a big role in child custody matters

A relationship can sour for one of any number of reasons. Infidelity, financial irresponsibility, and even growing disinterest in one another are all reasons couples have decided to go their separate ways. Although certain divorce and family law issues will likely need to be addressed in these instances, the actual cause of the breakup in these instances may not be as important as it is when domestic violence has occurred.

Professional help for child custody disputes

Traditionally, the law favors mothers when it comes to child custody issues. Pursuant to birth, mothers are given custody from the get-go, and fathers can only obtain parental rights once paternity is established. Yet, even once paternity is established, some work may need to be done to ensure that a man can secure the relationship he desires with his child. When the parents are unmarried, this may mean taking action in court to obtain visitation and, in some cases, filing a petition to establish and/or modify custody.

What is paternity and why is it important?

For better or worse, our society tends to favor mothers over fathers when it comes to child custody matters. When a child is born to an unmarried mother, she is automatically granted sole custody of a child. Although some Californians may believe that the fathers of these children are given equal rights, the truth of the matter is that unmarried fathers have to take action in order to preserve their legal rights.

Family law advocate may help in child custody dispute

Just about any topic can be broken down into statistics and calculations. Family law is no different. As we discussed last week, new research has shown that joint child custody arrangements may prove most beneficial for children. Yet, no two child custody disputes are the same. Where one couple may be able to amicably agree to share legal and physical custody, each party to another case may feel that his or her child is seriously endangered while in the care and custody of the other. In these instances, sole custody may be sought.

Study finds that joint custody arrangements benefit kids

It goes without saying that divorce can be extremely difficult on children in Redondo Beach.. Their once stable home where they enjoyed time with both parents will be divided into two homes with limited visitation with one or both parents. Of course, divorce is oftentimes what is best not only for couples, but also for their children. Yet, to ensure a child's well-being, it is crucial that parents find a child custody and visitation agreement that they feel furthers their child's best interests.

Custody modification in California

Settling child custody during divorce can be one of the most challenging, emotionally charged issues the parties can face. After all, each parent usually has a way they think their child should be raised, and those ideas aren't always compatible with one another. This can lead to heated child custody and visitation arguments that are difficult, although not impossible, to settle through negotiations. Yet, regardless of whether the matter is resolved through negotiations or litigation, the resolution often isn't permanent.

Crafting compelling legal arguments for child custody matters

About a month ago we discussed the standard that is applied in child custody proceedings, which is the best interests of the child. In short, when making a decision about child custody and visitation, a court will consider a number of factors to determine what is best for the child in questions. These factors can include the child's relationship with each parent, any history of drug use or domestic violence, each parent's living arrangement, and how active of a role each parent has played in the child's life. When the child is older, the court may take the child's wishes into consideration.

Child Custody and relocation

Going through a divorce can take a toll on a couple's children. Far too often, these children feel like they are at fault in some way, which can only be exacerbated when parents bicker and fight in front of their children. Although the matter may settle slightly once a divorce is finalized, child custody issues can reemerge from time-to-time depending on the circumstances at hand.

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