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What documents should I bring to my custody hearing?

Your child’s custody hearing will be one of the most crucial components of your divorce. In this case, bringing the right documents can make or break the decision. Judges will consider a number of different factors, including visitations schedules, medical records, and other documents. VeryWellFamily.com recommends bringing the following items, which can attest to the type of care you provide on a regular basis.

Discussing a custody dispute with your kids

A child custody dispute can present a number of challenges, from stress over thoughts about a negative outcome to uncertainty with respect to certain aspects of the law. There are many different family law issues that people have to work through when they separate from their spouse. However, determining child custody can be particularly emotional and it is critical for parents to go over the details of their circumstances closely in order to work towards an optimal outcome. Moreover, it is crucial for parents to do what they can to minimize the emotional impact of a custody dispute on their children, if possible.

Understanding when shared parenting is a bad idea

Divorcing couples who have had children together face a unique set of challenges when they have to decide how to continue to parent their children despite the break in their relationship. Often, many families in California turn to shared parenting as a viable option to allow children to continue to develop healthy relationships with both of their parents. However, there are times when this arrangement is actually quite damaging and can create more stress and tension than usual. 

Understanding the "home state" concept

After making the decision to split from their spouses, many may decide to move away from Los Angeles to an entirely new state. Such a decision may prove beneficial in helping them move on in their personal lives, yet it can also further complicate the already complex issue of child custody. When divorcing parents are living in separate states, the question of which state has jurisdiction over their custody case will almost inevitably come up. 

After divorce, can I and my children move away from my ex-spouse?

After divorce, the instinct to pack up and move far away from the source of bad memories or traumatic separations can be entirely natural. You may want to move to another town, or you may want to vacate California completely. When there are children and custody matters involved in the divorce, however, weighing anchor and setting sail for new horizons may not be so easy. If you have children when your ex-spouse, can you just pack up and move your children away from your former partner?

Man loses latest battle against rabbinical court

Few in Los Angeles likely ever anticipate that their child custody disputes can become major international news stories. Yet the potential for that may be there whenever a divorced parent has ties to another country. His or her line of thinking may be that if he or she can escape from his or her local jursidiction, a court in whatever location he or she flees to will assum ownership of a case. That may or may not happen depending on the circustances of one's individual case, yet what is guaranteed is that disputes involving issues such as this are going to take a while to resolve due to the complexity of the issues involved. 

How should you deal with a Disneyland dad?

There is a myth that exists out there that perfect parents both agree on the exact same styles of parenting. The truth is that in most households in Los Angeles, you will find that each parent's ideas tend to differ (at least slightly). In fact, study information shared by Today.com shows that as many as 90 percent of parents actually argue more after having kids. If parenting differences were a factor in the dissolution of your marriage, you may see them begin to differ even more once you are divorced. 

How can you best share custody on holidays?

While most in Los Angeles welcome the holiday season year after year, there are certain elements of it that some (namely, divorced parents) do not look forward to dealing with. At the top of that list is not being able to spend the entire season with their kids. If you are facing that reality following your own divorce, then it may be easy to succumb to the temptation to try and punish your ex-spouse by limiting his or her access to the kids this time of year. Ultimately, however, most would agree that such action only lessens your kids' enjoyment of the season (thus impacting yours, as well). 

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.

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