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How do I end a domestic partnership here in California?

Some people who enter into domestic partnerships do so because they expect it to be much easier to walk away from their partner if they decide to split. What they don't realize is that couples in domestic partnerships often have to go through just as many steps in terminating their relationship as married couples who divorce do.

What criteria must I meet to adopt in California?

An individual may have long yearned to be a parent but never found that right person to have a child with. They may have struggled with infertility and want a son or daughter to complete their family. These are just two factors that motivate individuals to look at adoption as a way to complete their families. California lawmakers have instituted guidelines to keep children safe and help ensure that they are in a loving home.

Elements of a good post-divorce parenting plan

Whether you were married for only a few years or for several decades, it's never easy to come to terms with the fact that your marriage isn't going to last a lifetime. Divorce is tough, and when children are involved, it's even tougher. However, getting divorced doesn't make you a bad parent.

How do I prepare myself for a divorce?

A divorce is nothing to take lightly. If you overlook what you can lose in a divorce, you could wind up losing quite a lot. You could also wind up losing out in a child custody battle and in the fight for marital property. Either way, you need to be prepared for what's to come during the divorce proceedings. So, how can you prepare yourself for a divorce?

How to explain custody changes to your children

Entering into a custody agreement with the other parent of your children can be scary for you, the other parent and the children. One of the most important things you can do for your children is to have an open, honest discussion with them about the situation. There will be new living arrangements for everyone to get used to, including swapping weekends and holidays.

How do we make shared custody successful?

Shared custody is an arrangement that many parents are able to make work. It might take time to get into a rhythm that is best for all involved, but it's important to put as much effort and energy into this arrangement as possible. When you are fighting for custody with the other parent, try to suggest shared custody. So, how can you make shared custody successful?

Open communication key to family success after divorce

If you took note of your children's reactions when they learned of your impending divorce, you may have noticed that each child handled it a bit differently from the other. Perhaps you have a child who tends to become more introverted when he or she feels sad or disappointed. Another child might be the exact opposite, perhaps even becoming belligerent at times or rebellious.

What can I use virtual visitation for in California?

Going through a custody battle in California is never easy, even if you and the other parent have a decent relationship. No one wants to relinquish the custody of their children. It's a difficult situation that can become even more challenging when issues crop up during the process of drafting an agreement. So, what can you use virtual visitation for?

How do I explain adoption to my child?

If you have children who are adopted or you are planning to adopt a child, you likely feel some stress about how you will explain this to your children one day. Telling children that they were adopted is never easy. You don't know how they will react. It's also difficult to tell your children that you plan to adopt a child who will become their sibling. Here are some tips for talking to children about adoption.