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On the best interests of the child

California law holds the best interests of the child or children to be paramount in any decisions involving custody or divorce. Although that may seem to be a subjective standard, there are certain well-tested guidelines and indicators that the court may use to determine what the most nurturing environment may be and how to get the child into that situation while limiting any trauma.

Mediation as an alternative to trial in California divorces

California couples may wish to avoid the higher costs and emotional trauma many go through when litigating a divorce case through a hearing, especially in cases in which children are involved. Couples who have children can expect to have to communicate with each other for many years to come, and being able to come to a fair agreement can be highly beneficial to both them and to their children.

Determining if grandparents have visitation rights

In California, grandparents have the right to visit their grandchildren as long as two conditions are met. The first condition is that there must have been an existing bond between the grandparent and the grandchild. Second, the visitation rights of the grandparent must not interfere with the right of the parent to make decisions about his or her child.

What can end mediation in relation to divorce?

Divorcing spouses considering using mediation to arrive at an equitable divorce settlement outside of court may benefit from learning which events can lead to the termination of the mediation process. According to the California's state code, there are several conditions that could warrant ending any ongoing mediation. The process normally ends when the parties involved fully resolve the dispute and execute an agreement by drafting a written settlement. Mediation may also end if the dispute is resolved with an oral agreement that complies with specific criteria.

California visitation and child custody

California courts address child custody and visitation matters when parents break up, separate or divorce. Child custody addresses the responsibilities and rights of each parent regarding their children. Visitation refers to the amount of time the non-custodial parent will spend with the child.

Can an existing child support order be modified?

Once a court has entered an order of child support in California, it typically remains in effect until the child reaches 18 years of age and graduates high school or reaches 19 years of age. In the meantime, parents who wish to modify the terms of the support order must usually demonstrate to the court that a change in circumstances has occurred.

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