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What does 'best interest of the child' mean?

The phrase used consistently when dealing with the question of how California courts handle the matter of child custody is "best interest of the child." Those five little words may seem to be rather straightforward. But what can constitute best interest is really hard to define sometimes. And the way we commonly define words isn't always the way the legal system does.

What can I do to prepare for a custody evaluation?

Child custody disputes aren't always part and parcel to a split by parents. They do occur, however. And as we noted in a post back in August, when they develop, family courts in California may order a custody evaluation. What this entails is an investigation by a neutral third party who then makes recommendations for final custody arrangements.

Why parents should not try to annihilate each other in court

In highly contested child custody cases, it is natural for parents to point out rather vehemently the shortcomings of the other parent. Parents in these situations have a misguided belief that putting out the other’s “dirty laundry” will help them emerge as the better parent.

Helpful tips for dealing with holiday parenting time disputes

If you are recovering from Thanksgiving battles with your soon to be ex-spouse or significant other over parenting time (or parenting styles) the upcoming holiday season is probably something you are not looking forward to. The holiday season can bring out the best in people, with the commitment to giving and selflessness being a common theme. However, it can also bring out the worst in people, as the level of narcissism can be stunning.

Thoughts on Thanksgiving parenting time disputes

In a prior post, we offered some thoughts on how important it was for parents to resolve parenting time disputes (or address them) before the holiday season begins. We offered a few possibilities for those parents who were experiencing problems sharing time for Halloween. With Thanksgiving coming up this week, it is prudent that we revisit this issue.

Three important tips for men going through divorce

It is not terribly often that advice posts or encouragement go towards men who are divorcing or are embroiled in a child custody dispute. Perhaps it is because the stereotype of men being devoid of feelings or absent fathers gets played out more often than we think. It may also be because men are very proud and feel ashamed of asking for help, even when they know that emotional advice can be just as important as legal advice.

Should you date during a divorce or child custody dispute?

Depending on the reasons for your divorce, or the break-up of the relationship with your ex, you may question whether you should date during a divorce or child custody dispute. After all, legal proceedings can be emotionally difficult, and it is helpful to have someone supporting you or willing to listen.

Thoughts on resolving holiday parenting time disputes

In a prior post, we highlighted a number of ways that parents who encounter trouble obtaining parenting time for Halloween can resolve this issue. With the annual night of fright and fun coming this weekend, we hope our readers have abated the parenting time issues that can arise.

How to deal with medical disputes involving a child

Co-parenting with a difficult ex is certainly not easy. You may have fights about what type of entertainment they may be exposed to, as well as what rules should be enforceable in each other’s homes. But what parents should not fight about (but unfortunately they do) is how their children should be treated by doctors.

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