Child Custody

What Is a De Facto Parent?

A “traditional” family once consisted of two parents and a couple of kids. However, families come in all different shapes and sizes. Some families have one parent. Others may not have any parents because a couple chooses not to have children.  Today, a parent can be anyone who cares for a child. It could be… read more

What Is the Difference Between Paternal Rights and Parental Rights?

If you read the title of this blog quickly, you might believe there is a typo. The words “paternal” and “parental” are very similar. However, the words have very different meanings and are not interchangeable.  Parents involved in a San Diego child custody case need to understand the difference. One establishes a father’s rights, and… read more

4 Tips To Fight Against Parental Alienation in California

Some amount of parental tension will probably emerge during and after divorce. Children need time and space to adjust to the new living arrangements and relationships within their families. But parental alienation represents more than mere tension. Parental alienation happens when a parent or caretaker actively manipulates the children to reject a parent out of… read more

What Is An Ex Parte Custody Order In California and When Do You Need One?

“Ex parte” is a Latin term meaning from one party. In family court proceedings, an ex-parte order refers to a court order granted on the motion of one party without waiting for a response from the opposing party. Ex-parte orders are typically granted after the court holds an emergency hearing.  How To File for an… read more

How To Get Emergency Custody in California and What To Watch Out For

Child custody is often a core issue in a California divorce proceeding. Family courts in the state generally encourage parents to work with each other to create a custody arrangement in the best interests of the child.  However, the divorce process can take time, and child custody disputes may not be resolved until months after… read more

How Far Away Can a Parent Move if They Share Joint Physical Custody in California?

It might be necessary for a parent to move after a child custody order is filed. If so, they can usually move up to 50 miles away in California if they have shared physical and legal custody and the other parent agrees to the move. However, if the other parent does not agree with the… read more

What Is a Custodial Parent?

A parent in California with primary physical custody of their child is the child’s custodial parent. They live with the child and care for the child most of the time. Noncustodial parents usually have visitation with their children according to a parenting plan.  The two types of child custody are: California judges favor joint custody… read more

The Different Types of Child Custody in California Explained

A judge can order a child custody arrangement when family disputes involve children. These disputes can arise in many contexts, including divorce, paternity, and unfit parents. California law describes many types of custody, each providing a different set of legal rights and responsibilities concerning the children. Types of Custody in California California divides custody into… read more

How Does Child Custody Work After the Death of a Parent or Guardian in San Diego, CA?

The death of a parent or guardian is devastating for a child. In addition to the grief of losing a parent, the child’s entire world could turn upside down. Under normal circumstances, the surviving parent assumes sole custody of the child. However, what happens if the other parent is unfit or unable to assume custody?… read more

How a Mother Can Get Sole Custody of a Child in San Diego, California

California courts are not eager to award sole custody to either parent. Judges always consider what is in the best interests of the child, and more often than not, that means having both parents active in the child’s life. However, there may be circumstances where that’s not in your child’s best interest and could lead… read more