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What exactly is parental alienation and what causes it?

A term that has become more popular of late in the world of family counseling is parental alienation. Parental alienation has also become a buzzword in family law cases, as judges, mediators and the like who work in the Los Angeles area are determined to prevent it.

What issues should parenting plans in California address?

Parenting plans are written agreements that parents in California who are going through a divorce or are no longer in a relationship with one another will execute with regards to the care and custody of their child. Oftentimes, parents are able to establish a parenting plan out of court. Once the parenting plan is complete, it can be submitted for court approval, making it legally binding.

Review parenting plans before the new school year begins

Summer is winding down for many children in California, meaning it is back-to-school time. This can be a time of nervousness and anticipation for any child, but especially so for children whose parents have divorced. Parents in such situations can take steps to ensure their child successfully transitions back to the school year.

Child custody mediation may be preferable to litigation

If a child's parents are divorcing, one of the most important and emotional decisions they will have to make is who will have custody of their child. This is not always an easy decision, especially if both parents wish to have primary custody of the child. Parents in California may assume that their only option when it comes to child custody is to litigate the matter. However, litigation is a lengthy process, which could increase the stress parents and the child feel during this time of uncertainty. Therefore, one option parents may want to consider is child custody mediation.

Making the most of the summer with your child post-divorce

Summer is upon us and children across Los Angeles are anxiously awaiting the end of school. For kids, summertime should be a time of relaxation, where they can sleep in, eat ice cream, go to the beach or pool, ride their bikes and in general enjoy the extended free time at their hands. However, for children whose parents are divorced, summer can be stressful, particularly if the child's parents have not come to an agreement as to child custody and visitation during these months.

Both must play by the rules when it comes to child custody

When parents in California divorce, decisions will need to be made regarding child custody. While the trend these days may be moving toward joint custody, it still may be the case that one spouse will have physical custody of the child, and the other spouse will have visitation rights. This means that the noncustodial spouse may pay child support to the custodial spouse.

We assist California parents going through a divorce

When two people in California become parents, they naturally want to do all they can to be the best parent they can be. They want their child to grow up in a happy, healthy, loving environment. So, while it can be a difficult adjustment, if a child's parents' marriage is failing, it is often better for all if the parents divorce. After all, after the divorce is settled, a child will no longer be exposed to fighting parents, and can develop a separate, meaningful relationship with each parent that will allow them to thrive.

Family law courts could benefit from divorce parenting program

Going through a divorce is hard on the entire family. Of course, parents in Los Angeles experience a bevy of emotions when it comes to divorce, as they come to an understanding of their new normal as a single individual. However, children may also need help coping with the transitions divorce brings to their lives. Therefore, parents going through a divorce will likely want to take every measure they can to ensure their child weathers the change in a healthy manner.

What are some tips for co-parenting post-divorce?

Children often feel caught in the middle during a divorce. They may feel like they have to take sides, or they may feel like the divorce was their fault. Since divorce can have a major impact on a child's life, it is important for divorcing parents in California to set aside their differences and try to create a parenting plan together. When parents are in agreement about how to raise their child post-divorce, it benefits not just them, but their child as well.

What issues should a parenting plan in California address?

When parents divorce, one thing they must understand is that they must work together to give their child a good life, even though their relationship has ended. This cooperation can begin with a parenting plan. In addition, a custody and visitation agreement contains topics a parenting plan should address.

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