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"Southern Charm" star files for custody modification

California fans of reality TV stars Kathryn Dennis and Thomas Ravenel may have heard that Ravenel was taken into custody on Sept. 25. He is facing charges of second-degree assault and battery, and according to one source, they are related to the sexual assault allegations of a former nanny.

Addressing custody or support issues dads may face post-divorce

Dads in California tend to have a harder time getting a fair shake during the divorce process than their female counterparts. Officially, laws in most states do not favor one parent over the other. However, there are still instances where judges instinctively side with the mother unless there are unique circumstances involved. Eighty percent of custodial parents in the United States are mothers. Yet there are some ways dads may be able to effectively deal with issues they may face concerniing custody or support.

Child visitation issues can be resolved

Family counselors and therapists agree that children cope better with a divorce when they maintain a strong, loving relationship with both parents. California family court judges favor such arrangements and typically incorporate ample visitation for the non-custodial parent as they apply the 'best interest of the child" standard in establishing final orders. However, there may come a time when one parent questions whether the court-ordered visitation plan has to be followed.

Steps parents can take if visitation rights are denied

There are several reasons a parent in California might be denied visitation rights by a court or the other parent. Courts will rarely deny visitation altogether unless the child's safety is in question because of an issue like abuse. In some cases, the parent might only be permitted supervised visitation in which another person is present. The parent might be ordered to take actions such as attending parenting classes or a substance abuse program. As a step toward restoring visitation rights, the parent should comply with any court orders.

Handling custody orders in a different state

parents may choose to live as far apart as possible after their marriages end. For instance, one person could live in California while the other lives in New York. However, parents are still allowed to see their children regardless of where they live. Generally speaking, a custody agreement is enforceable even if the custodial parent moves to another state. This is because of the Full Faith and Credit Clause and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act.

Getting back child custody

Parents in California who lose custody of their children are likely to find it to be a very difficult experience. However, the loss of custody does not have to last forever. Many parents are able to regain their custody rights.

Filing For Custody With No Father Present

For parents in Placer, California, child custody can pose an issue if there is not a father listed on the birth certificate. Close to 40 percent of children are born to mothers who are not married or in a relationship with the child's father, but most legal systems assume that the parents are married. This makes it difficult with issues like child custody.

Putting together an effective post-divorce parenting plan

Divorcing parents in California often deal with a wide range of emotions and lingering feelings. In some situations, it may seem impossible for soon-to-be-exes to reach a point where animosity can be put aside for the sake of children. One way to accomplish this goal is for parents going through a divorce to create a co-parenting agreement. The term "co-parenting" refers to forming a mutually agreeable plan to keep both parents involved in their child's life and present an example of effective problem solving for children.

What parents should know about child custody hearings

Parents in California and throughout the nation who want custody of their children need to show that they can do what is in their children's best interest. The first step in proving that this is the case is by preparing for a child custody hearing. At the hearing, a parent should be dressed in a respectful manner to show that he or she is capable of being a mature adult.

Dealing with concerns about court-ordered visitation

When a divorce in California involving children results in one parent being awarded sole or primary custody, the other parent often has court-ordered visitations. While the purpose of this step is to keep both parents in a child's life post-divorce, there are sometimes circumstances involved that may cause the custodial parent to wonder if they can refuse to send their kids for scheduled visits. For instance, a child may report spending more time with a former spouse's new partner during visits, or the custodial parent might have concerns about an ex's history of domestic violence.

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