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Why Do I Have to Pay Child Support If I Share Custody?

In California, the best interests of the child are always paramount. The laws are set up to ensure that the child is financially, physically, and emotionally cared for by both parents. If you and your spouse have equal (50/50) custody of your child, you might assume that neither of you has to pay child support to the other. It...

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How to File for Child Custody in California

Parents are often overwhelmed by the process of filing for child custody. On top of the emotional burden of divorce or separation, you’re also responsible for navigating a complex legal process to secure your parental rights. When it comes to custody proceedings, even small misunderstandings have serious consequences. Missed deadlines or incorrect documentation can drag out the process and...

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Child Custody of Stepchild During a California Divorce

Going through a divorce when children are involved can be difficult regardless of the precise circumstances. However, matters can become even more complicated when one party to the divorce is the child’s stepparent.  Blended families have become quite common in the United States. In fact, according to 2021 data from the United States Census Bureau, approximately 2.5 million children...

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How to Get Custody of Your Grandchild in California

Custody disputes can be complicated no matter the circumstances. However, matters can feel especially delicate when grandparents seek custody of or wish to maintain some sort of relationship with their grandchildren over the objections of the child’s parents. Nevertheless, doing so is sometimes necessary to protect the interests of your grandchild. While making the decision to seek custody or visitation...

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How to Get Full Custody of a Child Without Going to Court

Navigating the end of a relationship is often an emotional and complicated process. And this can be especially true when children are involved.  When it comes to obtaining child custody, many parents hope to do so without having to go to court so that they can reduce the time, expense, and stress involved for themselves and their children. Unfortunately,...

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How Domestic Violence Impacts Child Custody

California Family Code section 3044 can significantly impact your child custody orders should the court find that one parent abused the other. Attorney Brian Pakpour explains how in this video posted to TikTok. @brithefamilyguy ##answer to beegeemarie Domestic violence and child custody. ##domesticviolence ##californialaw ##familylaw ##familycourt ##childcustody ♬ deja vu – Olivia Rodrigo

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Mediation in Child Custody and Visitation Disputes

Each county differs on their procedures, but typically you will get from the family court an appointment to meet with a mediator at the family court. You will oftentimes be asked, or even required, to attend an orientation class before the mediation. The mediators in Yolo, Sacramento, Placer, and all other “recommending counties,” will listen to you and the...

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Why Can’t I Just Take the Kids and Leave? ‘Move Aways’ and California’s Child Custody Laws

California has one of the biggest alien populations in the country. Some of those aliens are from other countries. Many are from other states across the U.S. That is why so-called “move away” cases are very common in California family courts when parents dispute child custody. Whether before divorce, long after divorce, or whether it involves parents who were...

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Lost Boys: Parental Rights, and California Child Custody Law

Here’s the scenario: Mom and Dad long to have a child. “Traditional methods” don’t work. The unmarried couple decides instead to utilize in vitro fertilization, using a licensed California clinic. The procedure works and mom gives birth to a son. Fast forward three years. Mom and Dad decide to part ways. Dad wants to share custody. Mom wants to give dad no...

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