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Steps to help prevent international child abduction

Few events are more frightening than a California parent’s fear that someone, such as the child’s other parent, may be seeking to abduct their child and remove the child from the United States. California’s AMBER alert system is a tool one can utilize when a child is the victim of an abduction.

How can I simplify co-parenting?

Are you a newly separated or divorced parent in California? If so, you no doubt have quickly realized that while you may be able to extricate yourself from a romantic relationship with your former partner, you cannot avoid the need to work with that person to help raise your joint children. In fact, you likely don't want to as you know that maintaining healthy relationships with both parents is in the best interest of kids when and where possible. That said, making this happen is not always easy.

Sonoma County custody case takes tragic turn

While many believe that separation and divorce may serve to cool tensions between married couples in Los Angeles, often the opposite is true. The same feelings may spill over into matters such as alimony, asset division and child custody. Such a scenario can be particularly troublesome in custody matters because it can affect the children involved. When tensions rise over custody disputes, the fear may become that one’s apparently misguided opinions of what may be best for his or her children (coupled with the negative emotions he or she may harbor towards his or her ex-spouse) may prompt something drastic.

Tips for successful visits with noncustodial children

If you are like many California parents, you may be gearing up for a summertime visit with your noncustodial child. Summer is an ideal time for many parents to reconnect with children who may live far away during the school year, and there are steps you can take to make the most of your limited time together. At Thomas Law Offices, we understand how important it is to maintain relationships with children who do not live in your home, and we have assisted numerous clients in navigating the complexities that sometimes come with doing so.

Ways to co-parent with an ex

When you and your spouse have made the decision that the time has come to end your marriage, there is no shortage of things you must contend with. While there may be some areas of relief you feel because you no longer have to work with a person you can't get along with, this will not be the case if you have minor children. You will continue to need to find ways to communicate with your children's other parent as you work together to raise them. Just how can you do this without pulling out your hair?

Modifying a child custody order

Court-ordered child custody may seem as though it is set in stone. The judge presiding over the case often goes through careful consideration when making decisions as to where children should reside, and whether sole or joint custody is best for the particular situation. However, life changes happen and the original terms of the child custody order may require modification to keep the child’s best interests in mind. One parent may choose to move a distance away, gets remarried, becomes incarcerated, finds new employment or is no longer able to care for the child. Any of these situations may be grounds to change a joint child custody order to sole custody.

Imperfect parents: Don't let these 3 mistakes jeopardize custody

There is no such thing as a perfect parent. We all have flaws and make mistakes when it comes to our children. That being said, while no parent is expected to be ideal, some factors can jeopardize a parent's custody rights and their relationship with their child.

Keeping the focus on the kids during a divorce

When a California couple decides that it is time to get a divorce, things can get heated very quickly especially if there are kids involved. However, according to studies, arguing parents and stress can actually be more detrimental to the children's well-being than the divorce itself. Putting the kids first during the divorce can help them stay happy and healthy even if the family is changing.

Accusations fly in celebrity child custody battle

Allegations of abuse and neglect are not uncommon in bitter child custody disputes, but they have become rarer as co-parenting solutions have become more popular. However, celebrity divorce cases often buck this trend, and gossip columnists were given plenty to write about when Robin Thicke and his former wife Paula Patton appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom on Jan. 26 to fight for custody of their 6-year-old son.

Thurman and ex involved in bitter custody battle

California residents often hear about the custody battles of the rich and famous. The fight over custody can be very tense period, which is often heightened when it is done in the public eye. That is the case with the current battle between actress Uma Thurman and her ex, financier Arpad Busson, over their 4-year-old daughter.

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