The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) have provided a joint statement of guidelines for separated parents during the COVID-19
With the current California health order to shelter-in-place, we are all trying to keep ourselves and our families safe while traveling down this uncharted path. This unexpected situation is difficult for all of us. We are separated from friends, family, and co-workers. Our everyday lives have been moved into our homes, where we are trying to live, work, and homeschool. In addition to the everyday struggles that we face while sheltering in place, separated parents who share custody of their children are faced with even more unanswered questions and daily dilemmas.
Courts in California and other states across the country are faced with deciding just how much influence a biological parent's cultural heritage and the laws applicable to that heritage should have when deciding matters of child custody. In the majority of cases, the courts have been asked to consider Sharia law, or Islamic law, when deciding cases of Muslim family issues such as custody and visitation. As more cases are filed seeking the courts consideration of international laws that affect family decisions, this issue is sure to become more and more complicated.
A recent California child custody case involving a -month-old baby boy has taken the nation by storm. Child custody cases can tug at the heart strings of parents. When a sick child is involved, it often draws the attention of people of all ages. From newspapers to morning television shows, this has been a hard case to miss.
Parents may lose custody of their children for a myriad of reasons. If they use drugs, for example, there may be a concern that they are endangering their children. When it comes to medical marijuana, the courts may have to decide if a child is safe in an environment where it is used. Recently, a California man was allowed to retain child custody despite smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Every couple that seeks a divorce in California is different. For some the issues of child support and child custody are contentious. However, for others who have grown children, a divorce may center more around property division and other negotiations, one authority reports.
Television superstar Kelsey Grammer, best known for playing the character Fraiser Crane on a pair of NBC sitcoms, has moved from California to New York and is close to reaching an amiable divorce settlement with his now ex-wife. The divorce settlement, which should be finalized shortly, should end what has been a contentious breakup. Although the dispute at times featured a lot of ugly accusations, both sides are said to think their current agreement is fair.
Child custody battles can be difficult for both parents and children. But once the courts have established a custody arrangement, both parents are expected to adhere to it. However, there are instances in which parents take matters into their own hands and do not follow the rules of their custody agreement. California police have begun a search for a missing 3-year-old girl and her father after he missed a court-ordered handover of the child.