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Should you bend custody arrangements for the holidays?

The holidays are fast approaching, and that has many divorced parents in California dealing with children who may not be happy with their holiday plans. Custody arrangements can be a big issue this time of year. Children may not be satisfied with whom they have to spend certain days and may request a temporary change to the custody schedule. Should parents bend custody arrangements to make their kids happy for the holidays?

Holidays are a good time to evaluate child custody plans

As 2017 comes to an end families throughout Santa Rosa will come together to celebrate the holidays that are their traditions. While some families may share gifts and meals with the ones they love, others may use their time off from work to travel to distant locations for experiences they would not otherwise be able to share with those that they love. The holidays generally bring togetherness and moments to enjoy time with the special people of their lives.

Child support has many permissible uses

In California a court may make an award of child support if pursuant to a custody case one parent is awarded sole custody and the other is awarded visitation. In such a custodial arrangement the child may live exclusively with one of their parents but still get to see the other during arranged periods of time.

Seek a child custody arrangement that is best for the child

California child custody arrangements arenot a one-size-fits all scenario. This may or may not be a surprise, but families come in all shapes and sizes these days. To adjust for the different family situations, child custody arrangements have continued to get more creative and thus more child-focused to ensure that the best interests of the child are met. This is why if seeking a child custody agreement or if looking to modify an existing agreement that there is a way to plan for a best case scenario.

Study shows child psychological stability in joint custody

While co-parenting is not always the easiest or most convenience option for parents, it can be beneficial for the child. Many Santa Rosea area families are blended families. Figuring out how to best raise their child when the child's parents are living separate lives can be tricky. However, a new study shows joint custody can have psychological benefits for children.

Relocation of a child in a custody agreement

Many parents have made the choice to be a great parent to their child, but do it from a separate household that their child's other parent. There can be many reasons a cohabitating relationship with a child's other parent doesn't work out, but that doesn't and won't stop parents from having a great relationship with their kids. If co-parents have a child custody arrangement (and most of them do!) they have to reference and abide by that agreement before making any big decisions. Big decisions, like moving your child out of a certain area, usually have to be approved by the child custody agreement.

When it comes to child custody, who becomes the custodial parent?

If you and your child's parent are no longer together, or are going through a divorce, your first instinct is your child and how the change will affect him or her. While there is no doubt that it can be a challenging time, it doesn't need to be a high stress situation. However, truthfully, every person's child custody scenario is different, it's hard to say how a change will affect each family individually. Many parents wonder how a child custody decision will affect their child.

How seriously do courts view delinquent child support?

If you are the recipient or the payer of court ordered child support, you have already been through some sort of court proceeding that outlined each party's responsibilities when it comes to the financial aspect of raising your child. Child support payments are unique to each family in Santa Rosa and are essentially custom-designed arrangements built to fit the family it affects. There are several factors that go into deciding a child support arrangement; this way it best fits the needs of each family. If there are delinquent child support payments, how does the court view that behavior?

Child custody schedules: how to stay sane during summer vacation

California parents want nothing more than for their child to be happy and thriving. It is possible to parent efficiently, even if you and your child's other parent are no longer in a relationship with one another. The child custody arrangement may have outlined details about custody, but how do you stay sane when your kids are out of school for the summer?

Why would parents in California want to establish paternity?

When a child is born to unmarried parents in California who are no longer in a relationship, it may be necessary to establish paternity of the child. Doing so formally and legally establishes who the child's biological parents are. This allows the child's custodial parent seek child support, and it also allows the child's non-custodial parent to pursue visitation rights if he or she so chooses.