As many in California are aware, child custody issues can be contentious in a divorce and after. In most cases, both parents want what they believe to be in the best interest of their children. However, in some child custody matters, the parties just don't seem to be able to agree on what is best for the children and sometimes one or both act solely out of self-interest.
Sometimes the divorce process in California can take many months or even years to complete. In cases where there are significant assets to be divided, the time can be delayed as the divorcing spouses try to come up with an agreement. In cases where no agreement can be reached, there may be court involvement through litigation or in the final divorce settlement.
On April 16, the chief justice of the California Supreme Court cautioned that the state's budget cuts are putting pressure on its court system. She warned that yet another round of potential budget cuts threatens to result in the closure of more courtrooms. If true, this may inhibit the ability of the state's residents to rely on the judicial system to preside over child custody proceedings and other family law matters.
Understandably, it helps to have an emotional outlet while navigating through a California divorce. For some, the Internet is just that, and a number of spouses have vented their feelings in personal divorce blogs. The feelings revealed and information offered can be invaluable to both readers and the blogger. However, whatever is posted can be read by the other spouse, and those still embroiled in divorce proceedings may wish to be careful what they say online.
In a military divorce, much like any divorce in the civilian world, child custody can be a significant issue. Determining with which parent a child should live is an emotional issue for many families. This emotional stress can be increased in a military divorce where the service member has a possibility of deployment.
California readers may be interested in a fathers' rights debate that is going on in one state where legislation is pending that proposes reforms more favorable to dads. There, when a child is born out of wedlock, a father may soon find that his rights to child custody has increased. This would occur if a new law being proposed is actually enacted into law.
The primary caregiver of a child is most often the one to whom child custody is awarded in divorce and separation matters. California residents who have gone through a divorce know that the custody decision can be one of the most difficult in a case. However, as one recent story shows, child custody matters can arise outside of divorce as well.
A terrible tragedy occurred this week that some California residents may have heard about. A man burned down his home while he and his two children were inside, and all three were killed. The father carried out this tragic act during his visitation time with his children. While this situation is of course very rare, it has prompted some to question the current laws surrounding child custody in this country.
Officials in California have been alerted to the disappearance of a young girl who was taken from her school on Jan. 23. The 11-year-old girl is thought to have been kidnapped by her mother, who does not have custody of the child. The father of the girl, who has legal custody, has told police that the mother is likely returning to the Sacramento area with the child. Sacramento officials are on the lookout for the child.
In 2003, people in California and across the country wondered whether basketball star Kobe Bryant's marriage was on the brink of ending. A 19-year-old woman accused him of sexual assault. While Bryant admitted to committing adultery, he insisted it was consensual. Throughout the scandal, Bryant's wife, Vanessa, stood by him, saying the pair would work out their marital problems together.