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Child custody and the death of a parent

California fathers who have not established paternity will need to do so if the custodial parent dies and the father wishes to become the custodial parent. If a custodial parent dies and the other parent is unable or unwilling to become the child's guardian, there are a few things that might happen.

When parents want to stop receiving child support

There are many reasons why a custodial parent might want to stop receiving child support. One could be that the couple has reconciled and are now living together again. However, since child support is usually court-ordered, it may be necessary to take the case back to family court for modification. A court clerk can supply the required documentation for parties to file with the court system. When the case is heard, a judge may or may not be inclined to grant the request depending on the circumstances.

Older couples more likely to divorce than in past decades

Baby boomer couples in California might be more likely to get a divorce than people in their age group were in 1990. According to the Pew Research Center, in 1990, five out of every 1,000 people at or older than 50 got a divorce. In 2015, that number was ten. However, despite the large increase since 1990, there has been little change since 2008. People who are at or older than 65 were three times more likely to divorce than couples that were the same age in 1990.

Thinking of children during a divorce

The end of a California couple's marriage can often be a difficult and emotional period. It can become even more complicated when the couple has young children. While many ex-spouses will be angry with each other, parents who are going through a divorce are well-advised to think of the effect that extreme anger can have on their kids.

Divorcing with kids? Consider mediation

Many parents face the difficult prospect of dissolving a marriage that cannot continue while still caring for the children they both love very much. If you're like most people, you've heard plenty of horror stories of divorces that were devastating to children who lived through them, often harming the relationships with their parents for years to come.

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