Did you get child custody orders or a decree from another state and then move with your child to California? Do you want to modify custody and are not sure which state has jurisdiction? Of the many family law issues that arise during divorce proceedings and child custody matters, one of the most complicated issues involve the jurisdiction of interstate child custody cases.
When one parent requests permission from the court to move away with the child, the stay behind parent may feel helpless, as if the move will negatively impact his or her relationship with the child. A solid parenting plan may help mitigate that concern by putting into place legal requirements which the move away parent must abide by to ensure the stay behind parent gets adequate time and communication with the child. But, what does such a parenting plan look like, and what factors are considered when creating such a plan?
I’ve heard a number of clients tell me “l’ve had enough of working all day long paying his/her bills while he/she sits at home, why don’t I just quit or take a part-time or minimum wage job to stick it to her/him?” This is an emotional & impulsive response, but why is quitting a job to avoid alimony a truly awful idea? The answer lies in a few powers that the Court has which can make this snap-decision backfire with major consequences.
Life after divorce can be one of the most challenging times for a parent. Making decisions about where your children will live and how they will spend their time is one of the most emotionally difficult tasks you will face after separation. It is natural for parents to struggle with separating their personal feelings of anger or resentment toward their former spouse from their attempt to focus on the best interest of their children. However, with proper communication and set boundaries, co-parenting can be a positive experience!
When emotions are running high and a man loves a woman he wants to pop that special question – will you marry me? Almost always there is a beautiful diamond ring involved, but what happens if the marriage doesn’t happen? Does the man get the ring back or does the woman get to keep it? And what happens in the case of same-sex couples? Do pre-nups offer protection? If there is a dispute, which court hears the matter?
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