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Have fun with the kids for summer vacation

The summer is a time when families can enjoy spending time with each other. It is often easier to plan things because most kids don't have to go to school five days per week. For parents who are divorced, the child custody schedule might limit what they can do during these months. One thing that must happen is that you need to adopt a positive attitude so that you are able to make the most of the days you do have with the children.

Put your child's interests first in all matters

Child custody matters are often some of the most contentious things that divorcing parents have to deal with. There are some instances in which the adults might choose to get along for the sake of the children. This is usually the best choice they can make since it benefits the kids and keeps them away from the strife that comes with argumentative situations between adults.

Handle parenting matters with careful thought and respect

Your parenting relationship with your ex can have a big impact on how your children handle the divorce. It is imperative that everything you do in this area of your life is based on what the children need. It can be hard to manage your family while you are trying to work through some of these matters, but finding the balance can reduce your stress and benefit the children.

Parenting time can be fun in Orange County

Now that the summer months are closing in on us, parents can start to make fun plans for spending time with the kids. These don't have to be vacations far away. Instead, they can be day trips to local attractions that provide everyone with an enjoyable day. Many things to do in this area also have an educational element that can help to keep your child's mind sharp during these months off of school.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What you should know about supervised visitation

If you're divorcing a co-parent with a substance abuse issue, you're likely concerned about how to balance your children's safety with the need for them to maintain a relationship with that parent. Even if you'd prefer that your kids not be around your co-parent, the court likely will mandate some type of visitation plan.

Divorce can cause toxic stress in children

If you're like many Californians, you probably didn't know that as of last month the state has its first surgeon general. We're one of just four states with someone in this position. Our new surgeon general is a San Francisco-based pediatrician named Nadine Burke Harris. The mother of four sons has already announced that her top priority is diagnosing and treating toxic stress in children.