Can Your Child Choose Their Custody Arrangement?

Can Your Child Choose Their Custody Arrangement?

Child Custody
Custody cases can be difficult, as parents might have their relationships with their child in the hands of the court. Courts must consider many factors to determine what type of arrangement is in the best interests of the child, and many parents wonder whether the child’s opinion and preference will play a role in the decision. The answer is that sometimes, a court will consider the preference of the child. However, the court will still make its own decision and will not automatically follow what the child wants. Is the Child Old and Mature Enough? The law in California assumes that a child age 14 or older has the right to be heard regarding their preferences. However, younger children might have the maturity and ability to give a well-reasoned opinion…
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Sharing Physical Custody of Your Children

Sharing Physical Custody of Your Children

Child Custody
If two parents get divorced or otherwise decide to live apart, they each have the right to see their child and spend physical time with them. In most cases, custody will be split between the parents unless one parent presents the risk of physical or emotional harm to the child. Sharing custody with an ex can be challenging, but it is important to manage healthy co-parenting whenever possible. Scheduling Children in Manhattan Beach are busier than ever these days, with school, sports, other extracurricular activities, social events, and more. Cooperating on your child’s schedule can make matters much easier when you share physical custody. There are many apps that can help families stay on the same scheduling page, and these can help avoid conflicts or confusion about who is supposed…
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Signs of Possible Parental Alienation

Signs of Possible Parental Alienation

Child Custody
Child custody battles can be stressful, especially if one parent tries to gain a wrongful advantage over the other. This might include making false allegations of abuse, harmful lifestyle choices, and more. One particularly concerning tactic is parental alienation. Parental alienation happens when one parent takes steps to turn the child against the other parent. A child in this situation might state they do not want to live with the disparaged parent and may only favor the alienating parent. It is important to identify when this might be happening - both for your custody rights and because parental alienation can be emotionally harmful to a child. Some signs of possible parental alienation include: Your child knows details of your divorce or breakup from the other parentYour child accuses you of…
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Do You Need a Child Support Modification?

Do You Need a Child Support Modification?

Child Custody
Millions of people have been furloughed or lost their jobs since March of 2020, and the financial struggles continue for both households and businesses. If you are unable to cover your bills, it can be tempting to take a break from making your child support payments. This is a mistake, however, as courts do not excuse payment due to unemployment, and you could face penalties for violating your support order. However, there is an option to give you some relief from child support due to unemployment. You must petition the court to modify your child support order based on your new financial situation. Until the court grants a modification, you are expected to continue with your initially-ordered payments. Do You Qualify for a Modification? Judges will not grant every request…
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Custody Concerns Stemming from COVID-19

Custody Concerns Stemming from COVID-19

Child Custody
The COVID-19 pandemic is difficult for everyone, though it can be particularly concerning for parents who share custody of their children. It can be nerve-racking to send your child to their other parent’s house, though it is important to stick to your custody order as much as you possibly can while still considering the best interests of your child. Stay-at-home orders should not negate a shared custody order. Parents should never refuse to hand over their child due to stay-at-home orders, though there are some situations in which a custody arrangement may need to be adjusted during this time. Some circumstances include: If the other parent is a healthcare worker or regularly exposed to COVID-19, you might agree to have your child remain living with you during this timeIf your…
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