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November 2017 Archives

Tyrese Gibson regains custody over daughter after court battle

In an ideal world, divorcing or separating parents would agree on everything regarding their child's future, from where the child will stay to the visitation schedule. However, in the real world, many parents have a difficult time dealing with child custody and support issues. It can feel impossible to compromise with their ex-spouses when it comes to their children. When allegations of abuse come into play, a parent can temporarily or permanently lose custody of a child.

Establishing parentage for child support

Before you can collect child support, you will need to determine who the child's parents are according to the law. If you were married when you became pregnant or when the child was born, California courts will automatically assume that you and your spouse are the child's legal parents. However, if you are not married to the child's other parent, you may have to establish parentage before moving forward with the child custody and support process.

How does property get divided in a divorce in California?

The most challenging part of a divorce can be dividing up the family property. All couples, but especially those with larger estates, may find themselves in a tug-of-war as they try to battle each other for both tangible and intangible assets. Couples should be aware that in California, property acquired during the marriage is often split equally between the spouses.

Create a parenting plan to handle child custody issues

"Breaking up is hard to do," the saying goes. And no one knows that more than couples with children. The most difficult part of many divorces in California is determining which parent should have primary physical custody and how visitation should work. Many parents want to be just as involved in their child's life as they were before the separation.

Uncontested divorce could be the right choice for you

For many California families, divorce is a lengthy, stressful and complicated process. However, it does not have to be like that in every situation. You may not see the need to draw out and overcomplicate your divorce when you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse agree on most divorce issues.