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You might have to agree to disagree on small child custody issues

Taking care of your children is one of the most important things you have to do as a parent. Just because you and your child's other parent aren't in a relationship any longer doesn't mean that you have to shirk on these duties. Your child custody order is one way that you have that might enable you to be as active as possible in your child's life.

We know that you might have some ideas that don't mesh with your ex's ideas regarding how to raise your children. This is a common point in cases that involve custody of children. Even though you and your ex might not agree on every point, it might still be possible to come to agreements that are necessary to establish a mutual child custody plan.

Understand important points about child support in California

Almost all child custody cases come with child support. This financial support isn't decided without careful consideration. Instead, the court has very specific things that it has to consider when trying to determine which parent is going to pay child support and how much those payments will be.

If you are in the midst of a case that involves child custody, you should understand some basic points about these payments. You might be surprised at what goes into them.

Woman's child support payments don't go to her children

Child support payments are meant to support a child, or that is what you would think when you hear the term. This isn't the case in all instances. One woman's story is providing an interesting look into what might actually go on with child support payments.

The background of the case is that the woman and her ex share their children. The three children stay with her four days per week and with him three days per week. She has a job and he doesn't work because he claims that he has an injury.

Prioritize the points to cover in your divorce

The decisions that you make when you are going through a divorce can haunt you or help you for many years to come. You will have to think about everything from which pieces of furniture you want to fight to keep to what is going to happen with the children. All of this can take a toll on you.

We know that you are probably overwhelmed about the entire process. We understand how daunting it can all be to have to go over everything in your life in this manner. We are here to help you walk through this difficult process.

Consider the impacts of children testifying in a divorce case

When you have children, everything about a divorce can lead to stress for them. Some parents want their children to have a say in what happens during the divorce. This is sometimes suitable, but you should carefully consider what impact it might have on the children.

One thing that the court will consider when trying to decide if a child can testify during a divorce hearing is the maturity of the child. This matters because the court must determine if the child is competent enough to make the determinations necessary to understand the ramifications of what they say.

Know what your prenuptial agreement says about support

Financial support after a marriage ends is a huge factor in many divorces. We recently discussed some of the things that child support is supposed to cover. This is only one of the possible things that you will have to think about.

While alimony isn't automatic in California, it is a factor in some divorces. Whether you are the person who is going to have to pay or the person who will receive the support, you should know what the laws say and how they pertain to your case. We can help you get answers about alimony and child support.

Understand what child support payments help to cover

When you and your child's other parent aren't in a relationship any longer, there is a chance that either you or your ex will have to pay child support. These payments are meant to help pay for the expenses associated with raising a child.

There are some instances in which parents who pay the child support payments will want to know exactly how the payments are being used. This is perfectly understandable. The following points will help you understand what child support covers.

Children of all ages are waiting to be adopted

When you decide to adopt a child, you likely have a lot of questions that you want answered. One of these might be who is able to be adopted. The answer to this question is that there are hosts of children in California who are waiting to be adopted.

You can adopt a newborn; however, you might find that you have a wait for this option. If you don't want to wait and don't mind an older child, you can find children from toddlers to teenagers who are waiting for a loving home to call their own.

Know the law on the grounds for termination of parental rights

This post will give an overview of the grounds for the involuntary revoking of parental rights and child custody in California. The termination of parental rights means that the parent and child no longer have a legal relationship. This is sought to be done for the protection of, and in the best interests of, the child.

The rights of a parent are commonly terminated when there has been documented evidence of the parent's failure to provide a safe home, and the failure to correct this issue of safety when the State has intervened. Grounds for unsafe circumstances include severe or chronic neglect, sexual or otherwise physical abuse, or evidence of long-term mental illness or addiction in a parent.

Know the laws regarding financial support in a divorce

We recently discussed how it is important to think about your financial future when you are going through a divorce. There are two types of support that might be beneficial to consider when your marriage is ending -- alimony and child support.

Both of these types of support depend on specific factors. You would need to have children with your ex if you hope to get child support. There aren't any guarantees that divorce will include alimony or spousal support, since this is a decision that is made on a case-by-case basis.

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