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What should you know as a new father?

When a baby is born, it's important to determine who the legal father is. The legal definition of a father is the man who will be granted parental rights and the right to visitation and custody. When mothers and fathers are married at the time of the baby's birth, the man is typically assumed to be the father and is named on the birth certificate.

How can you prepare your children for a summer at your house?

Summer is nearly here, and that means your kids won't have to head to school. Your goal is to make this summer exciting and engaging for your kids, especially since your recent divorce. You're not the primary custodian, so this time is especially important to you. You want your kids to know you love and care about them.

Some actions can cost you custody of your children

Child custody is something that many parents hold near and dear to their hearts. The thought of losing the right to see their children and build a relationship with them is disheartening. For this reason, anyone who has a child custody order should understand some of the things that might happen that could make them lose custody of their children.

Relief for incarcerated parents paying child support

For many years, low-income parents paying child support have faced a vicious cycle. Failure to meet your obligation usually meant an instant warrant for your arrest. If you were sent to jail, you were likely expected to pay the outstanding balance of support while continuing to make new monthly payments. That resulted in a scenario in which incarcerated parents incurred further debt upon their release.

Remember to keep the focus on your child in a custody case

When parents divorce, the children who still live at home are thrown into a new way of life. This can be difficult on the children. It is imperative that you try to get things settled for the child as quickly as possible so that the child can have some sense of stability. As we discussed last week, one option for doing this is by working with your ex to get the issues resolved.

Working out a child custody agreement with your ex

Working with your ex to determine what is going to be included in the child custody agreement isn't something that is going to be easy; however, it is sometimes the best option since both of you know your child. Using alternative dispute resolution methods might help you and your ex to determine these points.

How is child support calculated in California?

For parents getting divorced, it's hard to avoid thinking about child support. If you think you'll be the one paying child support, you may worry whether you'll be able to afford it. And if you think you'll be the one receiving child support, you may worry about whether it will be enough.