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How to obtain custody of a child

Most parents in California believe that they can effectively raise their children. However, to gain custody, parents will need to convince a judge that they can provide a safe and stable environment. It will also be necessary to show that they have taken an active role in that child's life. Therefore, those who are seeking child custody should spend as much time with their children as possible.

Handling alimony after tax law changes

People planning to file for divorce may be particularly concerned about the financial impact of the end of their marriage. This can be especially true for couples with a high-asset divorce and significant income, as spousal support and alimony may be a factor in the split. There are changes being made to how spousal support is handled in terms of taxation that can be significant for couples who expect to complete their divorce settlements in 2009 and later.

How many custodial parents receive child support payments?

Some custodial parents in California must deal with the negative stigma that comes with being a single parent receiving child support. Research shows a different reality than what's often portrayed. According to the report "Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support," many parents receive far less monetary support than they are owed.

Film explores realities of African American fatherhood

Child support issues can be particularly overwhelming when the California parents in question are living in poverty or are dealing with the social effects of systematic racism. A study by the Urban Institute indicates that of the total child support debt in the United States, 70 percent is held by parents who make less than $10,000 each year, putting them below the poverty line and barely able to sustain themselves. A film called "Where's Daddy?" aims to look at the question of the child support system and how it impacts African American fathers in particular.

Single parents may need courts to establish formal child custody

Single parents in California generally become custodial parents if their children live with them the majority of the time. This arrangement, however, might require a court to officially declare that a person is a custodial parent. Even someone who has sole physical custody because the other parent is voluntarily uninvolved in the child's life could need to petition a court so that the custodial status becomes a matter of public record.

How to start rebuilding after a marriage ends

For those going through a divorce in California, the financial impact can be significant. The divorce itself could result in an individual losing a significant percentage of assets built up over his or her lifetime. Furthermore, it can be more expensive to live as a single person after a divorce than it was while married. However, by keeping and following a detailed budget, it can be easier for people to gain control over their finances.

Points to keep in mind about joint legal custody

California parents who are getting a divorce may opt for joint legal custody even if physical custody is not shared. Legal custody refers to a parent's right to make major decisions related to issues such as health care, education and religion for a child. It is common even for a parent who only has visitation rights to share legal custody with an ex.

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Folsom, CA 95630

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