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Child Custody

What to Include in a Fair Parenting Plan

Most divorce proceedings that involve minor children require a document called a parenting plan. This serves as a roadmap for parents following a divorce – it might include responsibilities for each parent, provisions for a child’s education, his or her religious upbringing, and more. Learn how to create a fair parenting plan
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Do Sperm Donors Have to Pay Child Support?

Scientific estimates regarding artificially inseminated births vary widely. They reportedly range between $30,000 – $60,000 each year in the US. There are intricate legal ramifications that can arise from artificial conception – specifically related to parental rights and financial obligations the law requires. With more than 30 years practicing family law in
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Q & A: What types of custody are awarded in California?

Custody of the children may be held by both parents (joint custody) or by one parent (sole custody). Additionally, California distinguishes between physical and legal custody: If a parent has sole legal custody, that parent has the exclusive right and responsibility to make decisions about the health, education, and welfare of the
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Why infidelity hurts children as well as the spouse

When a spouse is unfaithful, it’s obviously painful to the other person in the marriage. However, infidelity can also be hurtful to the children. In fact one psychologist contends it can be one of the most harmful events that can happen to a family — perhaps second only to the death of
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Tips for planning your summer vacation

Planning your summer vacation is supposed to be fun in California, but it can be stressful if you’re divorced and you’re trying to plan it around your children. If so, use these tips to make sure that everything works out well. First, you need to stick to your schedule, and you need
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Actress receives more bad news in child custody battle

Many people think that they have little, if any reason to care about celebrity divorces and child custody battles. However, the pain experienced in these cases is often the same for wealthy, famous and/or beautiful people as for anyone else. The sad saga of actress Kelly Rutherford’s battle to gain custody of
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Out-of-state case shows importance of DNA testing

It’s not a common practice for people here in California to pay attention to court decisions made on the other side of the country. That’s because some people know that each state is allowed to make its own laws and that courts within each state’s jurisdiction have the right to use their
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