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How do grandparents qualify for visitation in California?

While there are some states in the country that don't have laws on the books that protect a grandparent's right to visitation with their grandchild, here in Riverside, their right to this is protected by California Family Code sections 3100-3015.

Infidelity may have an indirect impact on your child custody case

Up until a few decades ago, a cheating spouse may have stood a chance of losing it all when their ex filed to end their marriage. Ever since many states, including California, have instituted a no-fault divorce, it's made it where a spouse's adultery has little to no effect on how alimony or custody awards are decided.

Prepare your children for the upcoming holidays

Children of recently divorced parents might find the holiday challenging, especially if this is the first holiday season since the divorce. As a parent, you will have to help your children work through a myriad of feelings and concerns that come with this situation. There are several things that kids might worry about.

Enjoy visitation time with your kids by exploring their interests

As a noncustodial parent, it's hard to see the smiling faces of your children when you pick them up on visitation day, because you know how badly they've missed you. It's even harder to say good-bye to them after dropping them off at the other parent's home.

3 common child custody questions

If you're in the throes of a contentious divorce and child custody process, you probably have a lot of questions -- and divorce misconceptions -- running through your mind. These questions will probably be imbued with hurt feelings, even anger, at the way your spouse has treated you during your breakup. With this in mind, here are three common child custody questions for which litigants sometimes don't have clear answers:

Key issues for sharing parental responsibilities

Divorcing parents in California will need to address key points in their parenting plans to ensure that their co-parenting relationship is peaceful for many years to come. The problem is, every parent and child's situation is unique, so it's not always clear which points need to be addressed in a parenting plan. It takes training and experience in family law and divorce law issues to draft a well-crafted and lawful parenting agreement.

How does a do-it-yourself DNA paternity test work?

In the not-too-distant past, if a father disputed a mother's claim that he was the dad, it was relatively easy for him to sidestep the need to pay child support. In the modern era of DNA testing, however, it's easy for mothers to prove who the father is by asking the court to order DNA testing.

When could a parent lose his or her parental rights?

Most parents want to spend as much time as possible with their children, but sometimes a parent's behavior will interfere with the best interests and health of the child. In these circumstances, no matter how much the potentially dangerous parent may wish to see his or her child, a court may choose to strip the parent of his or her parental, custody and visitation rights.

Don’t confuse the different kinds of child custody

Many parents don't know that there are actually two kinds of child custody: (1) physical custody and (2) legal custody. As such, when an offer for "joint custody" is made, they won't understand what that offer entails until they determine the type of joint custody the offer includes.