A divorce can emotionally be tough to accept for the two parties who have decided to split up, but it can also be hard for the children involved to embrace. This is particularly the case in a California divorce where both parents do not see eye-to-eye on how child custody should be addressed. A willingness on the part of both parents to focus on what is best for the children may make the scenario easier for the entire family to handle.
In California, as in states across the country, the role of the grandparent is changing. As more and more young adults contend with the economic and social challenges that face our country, the grandparents are more often placed in the role of sole care giver for one or more grandchildren. This switch from occasional visitation to full time care often requires more support: emotional, physical and financial, than many elderly individuals have to give.
A bill now pending in the California Senate could have what some believe to be far-reaching effects on child custody. The bill would modify the rights now granted to biological parents who were sperm donors. As the law now stands, a parent who donates sperm through a donor bank or as a part of a doctor-supervised fertility treatment and who is not married to the woman who conceives is not considered by the law to be the child's natural father. Unless there is a signed agreement before the procedure stipulating to the contrary, the donor has no standing in court to petition for any kind of custody or visitation.
A woman that took her child across state lines in violation of a California Superior Court ruling has been located and arrested. The violation of the order and contempt of court warrants were issued on June 10, and reportedly arose from a dispute in a child custody matter. The mother and child were located in another state where she was taken into custody pending extradition back to California. The child is in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services in that state, and will be transported back to California as soon as possible.
Going through a divorce, moving into a new home and getting used to seeing one's children on a vastly reduced schedule is bad enough, without layering additions stressful issues on top. However, for many California fathers, the tension does not end when the ink has dried and the boxes are unpacked. Visitation issues plague many non-custodial parents, and while it is not always the father who gets visitation, that pattern is still the norm in California and across the nation.
A case that is soon to be heard by the nation's highest court may be of interest to our readers in California. At issue in the child custody litigation is with whether a state's highest court was correct in vacating a prior adoption. The case centers on the federal Indian Child Welfare Act.
California readers may be interested to learn about proposed changes to a law that exists in another state. The changes being discussed could affect child custody in that state. The proposal comes after courts began to notice that older children involved in such situations usually wish to have their opinions heard.
California is among the few states that have recently adjusted their laws to better protect parents with disabilities, one report indicates. This protection can help a disabled parent as they seek to alter an agreement in a child custody battle. Without the support of the law, many disabled parents assert that they suffer discrimination as they fight for their children.
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.