Articles Posted in Child Custody & Visitation

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A San Jose family law attorney gives a general definition of child custody…

Custody is a legal term that most commonly pertains to child custody with regard to divorce and terms of a divorce settlement. Two key factors of child custody, meaning the legal relationship between a parent and child, are the parental duties to care for the child and the parental right to make decisions on behalf of the child.

Child custody can become a bone of contention during divorce proceedings and it is therefore advised that you seek the advice of a family law attorney when you are making the important, life-changing decision of either separation or divorce from your spouse. Another component of child custody is the visitation rights of the parent that does not have full custody.

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San Jose Family Law Attorney how divorcing parent classes can benefit children in custody cases.

Children are often the collateral damage during the custody battles that rage within family law courts. So often parents are so caught up in the battle with their former spouse that they don’t realize the damage the negative comments and constant strife are doing to their children. That is where classes for divorcing parents can play a role to help lessen the stress level of the child.

Twenty seven states now require the class which teaches parents to continue to partner as parents after their marriage or relationship has ended. This process teaches them skills they can use to work together for the best interests of their child without bringing the negative baggage into the child’s world.

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San Jose Family Law Attorney comments on the custody battle over Michael Jackson’s children.

If something were to happen to you, who would take care of your children? That is a question that many parents have had to face as they prepared their wills and estate plans. Not properly addressing this situation can create a family law nightmare for your children and their guardians.

After Michael Jackson’s death, a custody battle for his children has broken out between Debbie Rowe, Mr. Jackson’s ex-wife and mother of his two oldest children, and Katherine Jackson, Mr. Jackson’s mother. Ms. Rowe had previously relinquished her parental rights after their divorce in 1999, but had them reinstated after Mr. Jackson’s arrest on child molestation charges in 2003. The mother of his third child was a surrogate and her identity is unknown.

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Sacramento Divorce Lawyer Discusses How Even Celebrities Gets the Blues
Even celebrities with very unusual behavior gets the blues. Jackass star wife of Johnny Knoxville filed for divorce two years ago. They were officially divorced in March, 2008 in a bifurcated proceeding, reserving all financial matters for resolution at a later date. Just last week, Knoxville (real name: Philip John Clapp) settled with his ex-wife Melanie Clapp, agreeing to pay $6,000 monthly in child support for their 13-year-old daughter, Madison.The former couple split in July 2006 after 11 years of marriage. According to reports, the financial statement appears to be a fairly even split of marital property. Melanie was awarded half of their bank accounts and half of Knoxville’s residuals from the Jackass franchise and Dukes of Hazzard film, pursuant to the terms of their agreement. Knoxville retained his share of several production companies. The parties will share joint custody of Madison, their daughter.

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San Jose Divorce Attorney Discusses Divorce and Separation

Even though people are very emotionally taken under during a divorce, separation can also lead to a great deal of physical harm as well. It makes sense since when your psychology and emotions are affected, it will show in you physically as well. CTV news has an article regarding the effects of divorce on a person’s health. Researchers found that women in unhappy marriages are more likely to experience injurious effects to their health than men. Although both genders are likely to suffer from general depression resulting from a strained marriage, women more frequently suffer from signs of “metabolic syndrome”: including high blood pressure, obesity and other risk factors of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. In fact, men for the most part did not face an increased risk of metabolic syndrome at all. Involving 276 couples aged 40 to 70, the study entailed couples filling out several questionnaires, including three to examine positive aspects of marriage quality; three to measure negative aspects of marital quality involving arguments and feelings of hostility; and four to determine symptoms of mild depression.

It’s best to keep a cool head and realize that divorce happens to many people, but it’s all in the way you deal with it. The way you deal with things can mean health and happiness in looking forward to a new life, or stress that can hur you physically down the line.

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Redwood City Divorce Attorney Discusses Social Networking and Divorce: Yays and Nays

Now that everyone and their dog (or their spouse) is on Facebook, MySpace and the various other social networking sites, individuals can easily keep track of friends, family and even ex-spouses. Its either the best thing to happen for divorcing families or the worst.

Couple of things to watch for on these sites if you are getting divorced:

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San Jose Divorce Lawyer Discusses West Wing Actor is Divorcing Malcolm in the Middle Wife

Bradley Whitford, known primarily for his role on The West Wing, is divorcing his wife of sixteen years, Jane Kaczmarek. The parties have three children together, and have professed to the media a desire for privacy so they can focus on their children.

The longtime couple lives in Los Angeles, and filed for dissolution in Los Angeles County. This means their dissolution will be controlled by California community property law. Possible issues include custody and visitation, support (child and spousal support) and property division.

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San Francisco Divorce Attorney Discusses Different Visitation Schedules for Different Families

With all the discussion of Jon and Kate Gosselin’s separation and divorce, its property got a lot of people wondering, how on earth will they share those kids? From the news reports it appears the plan is for the parents to take turns in the house with the kids, which is an uncommon but not unheard of custody arrangement.

Many families with divorced, separated or never married parents have found a way to successfully share visitation time with the children. For some families, a traditional alternating weekend schedule works. Others include a weeknight or weekday visit, which sometimes is also an overnight. Still others try for an equal vistitation split of the children, alternating weeks – a schedule which works well when parents live nearby and can successfully co-parent the children. For younger children whose parents want an equal timeshare, a popular schedule is the 2-2-3. In that schedule, the parents each take two weekdays, and then alternate the weekends. So Mom may have Mondays and Tuesdays, Dad has Wednesdays and Thursdays, and then they alternate the weekends, so each parent has five consecutive days at a time.