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.
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.
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.
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.
As a father who wants to retain positive custody rights, there are several things you should do. These tips are particularly helpful if you're eager to obtain further custody or want to file for sole custody.
If you're going through a divorce, it's very likely that your children are on your mind. You want to make sure they're supported and healthy throughout the divorce process, even though there are so many changes taking place.
As a parent, you want to spend as much time with your child as you can. With an impending divorce, you know that the dynamic of your relationship is going to change. You want to do everything you can to prevent your child from feeling like you don't love or care about him or her. You want to make sure you get enough time together.
There's nothing worse than having your worst fears play out in front of your eyes, but that's what is happening to a mother from California. According to a news release from Feb. 20, a mother alerted the courts to the fact that her children were worried that their father would take them on vacation to Lebanon but never bring them back.
As a father, you feel that you may have less of a chance at sole or primary custody than the mother of your children. You feel you may even struggle to have shared custody that is equal or close to it. While fathers shouldn't have a harder time than mothers obtaining custody, there are some things you can do to make your efforts known.
DNA is an important piece of evidence in child support and child custody cases. Without evidence of a child's father, it's not possible to hold him accountable for child support. Additionally, fathers without paternity rights may struggle to get enough time with their children, if they're able to see their children at all.