How Does Child Custody Work After the Death of a Parent or Guardian in California?
The death of a parent or guardian can be devastating for a child. In most cases, stability and continuity are in the child’s best interests. For that reason, it is presumed that the child’s other biological parent will assume sole custody after the death of a parent or guardian in California. California Family Code §3010(b) […]More
What Happens During an Emergency Child Custody Hearing?
An emergency child custody hearing is a legal proceeding initiated when a child’s safety or well-being is believed to be at risk. This type of hearing can be necessary for a variety of situations, such as when one parent has been abusive or neglectful, has become incapacitated, or has been otherwise unable to care for […]More
Can I Modify My Child Custody Arrangement Without Going to Court?
Depending on the terms of your child custody arrangement, you may be able to modify it without going to court. In some cases, both parents can agree to the change and submit a written agreement to the court. If your situation is more complicated or you can’t agree with the other parent, you may need […]More
How Does California’s New Standard Parenting Plan Work?
California courts encourage parents to work together to create a parenting plan that works best for their family. Therefore, the courts do not require parents to use one standard parenting plan. Instead, the courts provide guidance for what must be included in a parenting plan. Parents have the flexibility to create a parenting plan that […]More
Child Custody and Visitation: What You Need to Know
The parties in a divorce, paternity proceeding, or legal separation action have a laundry list of issues to deal with. Primary among them is where their children are going to live. This issue touches on deep emotional matters that are important to the parents and the children. Because of the importance of this issue, it […]More