What is a De Facto Parent?
One of the most contentious and challenging aspects of any family law case is determining custody of the children. California family law judges operate under the principle that joint custody is in the best interest of minor children. Obviously, there are exceptions to this rule. If one or both of the parents of the child […]More
How to Request a Drug Test in Your Child Custody Case
Requesting a drug test can be a particularly useful piece of ammunition in a child custody case, especially if you are seeking full, rather than joint custody. If you know that your former partner is using drugs that could put your child in harm’s way, requesting a drug test can ensure your child stays in […]More
How Can a Father Get Full Custody of Their Child?
It was common for judges to give preference to a mother in divorce cases, especially when the children were young. The “Tender Years Doctrine” favored mothers as the primary caregiver based on outdated general roles. Most states, including California, have stopped using this legal principle. Today, a parent’s gender is not a factor in custody […]More
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are Co-Parenting After Custody Battle
It appears that after a long and tense custody battle, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are learning how to co-parent their six children. Several news and entertainment sources, including People, are reporting that the couple and their children have had a lot of family therapy. However, the work has paid off because the couple is […]More
Requesting a Psychological Evaluation in a Child Custody Case
Generally speaking, it is best for all family members when parents can negotiate a mutually agreeable parenting plan. However, even when parents propose a custody plan to the court, the court has the power to revise that plan based on the best interests of the child. A child’s best interest is the overriding concern when […]More