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Can grandparents seek visitation rights?

Grandparents throughout the country often find that family troubles or difficult circumstances separate them from grandchildren they love, which can be heartbreaking. Fortunately, under California law, there are provisions that allow grandparents to seek official visitation privileges from a court.

Child custody matters are best handled away from your child

Child custody matters are sensitive issues that can have a big impact on the children involved. We recently discussed why it is important to keep the focus on your children and not the divorce when the kids have something special going on. This is actually good advice every single day of the year.

Don't make your child's special day about your divorce

When parents divorce, there is always the temptation to fight with each other over parenting time and the rights and privileges each parent has toward the children. While it is usually heartbreaking from the outside looking in, many parents seem to believe that visitation schedules or lifestyle practices actually are the hills on which they want to make their last stand. Unfortunately, when parents choose to create conflict over parenting, it is the children who suffer the most.

It is difficult to keep a home in California divorce

When a couple faces divorce in any part of the country, it is usually a very difficult issue to decide who keeps the house. However, in Orange County, which boasst famously high real estate prices, a marital home is exceptionally valuable. In many cases, the spouse who lets go of the home is letting go of homeownership entirely for the foreseeable future because of difficulty involved in qualifying for a mortgage.

Focus on you and your child, not your ex, during divorce

The end of a marriage is a sad event for many people. Even if you are the person who filed for the divorce, you will likely feel some emotions when everything is said and done. In between the filing and the finalization, it is easy to lose your focus and think about what you can do to make life difficult for your ex. Giving in to this temptation might prove to be more harmful to you than you expected.

What factors determine a child's best interests?

When it comes to creating a fair, child-centered parenting plan for the custody of your child, it is easy to get distracted by your desires as a parent and lose sight of what is truly best for your child. This is a normal experience that many parents face when trying to arrive at a fair custody arrangement. When you begin to feel your focus slipping, it can be helpful to consider the various factors a court looks at to determine a child's best interests.

Postnuptial agreements serve an important purpose these days

Many people know that prenuptial agreements are one possible way that a person can protect his or her assets in case their upcoming marriage ends up ending. What many people don't realize is that some of the same protections are available to people who are already married through a postnuptial agreement.

Factors considered in spousal support requests

Spousal support is often a great point of contention for divorcing couples. This can happen for a number of reasons, perhaps because it keeps two parties who are legally ending their relationship sealed in an ongoing arrangement, or because it is regularly misunderstood and may seem unfair to one party or another. Understanding some of the basic tenets of spousal support can help you navigate this tricky area successfully.