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Visitation rights of grandparents

Divorce is regrettably common in Orange, California, just as it is in many other parts of the state. When it happens, the children often suffer the most, having to be away from family members who were in their lives on a daily basis before the divorce. In some cases, that may include grandparents, which is why California grandparents should know about their visitation rights.

Harness your emotions at the end of your marriage

The end of a marriage is an emotionally charged time. Both adults have to be prepared to deal with many life changes. When you have children, you can't focus only on what you need, as you also have to think about what is best for them. There are many considerations to ponder in these cases.

What will invalidate my California prenuptial agreement?

If you ask most Americans, they'll tell you that they don't feel that they're rich enough to necessitate having a prenuptial agreement. We live in an era in which so many marriages end in divorce though. It's more important than ever for spouses to protect anything that they do have. It's important that your prenup is properly executed if you expect a family law judge in Orange to uphold it as valid in the future.

Summer plans are best made early

Thinking about your summer plans is fun. For some parents, however, the realization that the kids will be out of school might cut that fun moment a bit short. If your children will be spending time with you this summer, you should take the time to line up child care now. There are a few different ways that you can handle this.

Unmarried couples must think about estate planning

Long-term relationships that involve two committed individuals who are not married are growing more common. In some cases, people have religious reasons to avoid marriage. Others just don't want the hassle and feel like their relationship is just as secure as a marriage, no matter what you call it or what labels you put on it.

Start talking about a prenup long before the wedding

A prenuptial agreement is one that you enter into before you get married. It is meant to protect both spouses in the event the marriage doesn't work out. All of the terms of the agreement need to take both parties into consideration because it can't favor one person over the other. It is possible for the court to throw a prenup out if it does overly favor one person.

How does the family court interpret children's best interests?

You might know some formerly married couples in California who have found themselves in child custody disputes. In some cases, each parent tries frequently to convince the children that he or she is desirable over the other parent. Some do this by trying to buy their children's love. The parents may think that all they have to do to be number one in their kids' eyes is to take them to Disney World once a year and buy them whatever the latest, greatest gadget on the market happens to be.

When can I request a modification of an alimony award?

Once a judge has signed off on a settlement in a divorce case, they often need to have a good reason to open it back up and make post-judgment modifications to it. The grounds on which a judge may decide to honor a former spouse's request for a change in alimony award are numerous.

Rules for joint events with the kids should be set

There are many different aspects of child custody that might come throughout the course of your child's life. One of these is going to be how to handle joint events like birthdays or school concerts. This can be difficult to think about, but parents should remember that children usually want both of their parents at these events. We know that there have to be guidelines set in the parenting plan to help make these events possible.

Academic success of wealthy kids is impacted when parents divorce

Researchers have long been aware of how a parents' separation can adversely impact a child's academic success. Earlier this month, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) published a study describing the kids that divorce affects the most. They determined that divorce seems to impact children from more stable, wealthier families than it does those who were previously struggling.

Gray divorce issues: should you be concerned

You were married for decades. You raised your kids, who are now grown and on their own. You've been planning your retirement and looking forward to traveling, taking up a hobby or simply having more time to enjoy your grandkids, friends or even time to yourself. You might never have imagined that another item on your post-55 agenda would be getting divorced.