If you've ever discussed divorce with family members or friends who have gone through it, you may have heard stories of various challenges they faced, perhaps regarding property division or parenting issues. The latter may be on your mind a lot lately as well if you're currently preparing for child custody proceedings in a California court. Like most good parents, your children are your highest priority; that's why you want to make sure you protect their best interests when the court makes decisions about their care.
Being a stepparent is a truly unique and rewarding experience. While some people in California wonder whether they could truly love a child who is not biologically theirs, you know that it is not only possible, but that it is better than anyone could ever imagine. Unfortunately, not matter how deeply you care for your stepchild, you might have no legal rights to him or her should anything happen to your spouse. A stepparent adoption can address that problem while making your relationship official.
There are millions of dog and cat owners in California and throughout the nation who view their pets as members of the family. A pet owned by a married couple is likely viewed as belonging equally to each spouse. While this may be how the couple feels, certain courts may not view pets the same way when property division issues are addressed during a divorce.
No two marital dissolutions are alike. With that being said, a few mistakes are commonly made during the divorce process in California and elsewhere. One of these mistakes is pursuing a settlement that assumes the status quo.
Every state in America uses the barometer of what's best for the children in instances when parents separate. Courts of law want to ensure that a child's welfare is at the forefront of every child custody matter in California and, in doing so, use some yardsticks by which to measure what is, in fact, in the best interests of kids. One important thing courts look at to decide custody is the living situation of the child.
Baby Boomers are those individuals in California and around the country who were born between 1946 and 1964. Many in this generation have been married for long periods of time, have children and grandchildren, and are considering retirement, if they haven't retired already. However, the divorce rate among this demographic has been steadily increasing over recent years.