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Misunderstandings can influence child custody decisions

Family law judges in California and around the country base their child custody decisions on what they consider to be in the best interests of the child involved, but the evidence suggests that they may not be relying on the latest scientific research and data. Shared custody arrangements are still seen as the exception rather than the norm despite clear evidence showing that children fare better when they spend time with both of their parents, and some experts say that this is because judges base their decisions on assumptions that are not supported by the data.

How does a court determine appropriate alimony?

Divorce is rarely the same for any two couples, so it is not always easy to anticipate how the various portions of the divorce negotiation will play out. For many years, alimony, or spousal support, was a regular component of divorce, but has grown less prevalent in recent years.

Proposed HHS system would centralize child support collection

When Congress passed the Family Support Act in 1995, lawmakers in California and other states were tasked with putting systems into place to ensure that court-ordered child support obligations are met. However, these efforts have been hampered in many parts of the country by technological challenges and bureaucratic obstacles, and some states have given up after struggling with these issues for years. However, the federal 2017 budget proposal released contains a provision that would relieve states of this burden by setting up a central child support enforcement system.

Direct and indirect parenting time interference

Parenting a child with a person you no longer live with is often a very difficult process. Most parents, at one time or another, find that it is not easy to abide by a court-ordered custody plan. When these tensions arise, it is often tempting for one parent or the other to disobey the court order or otherwise attempt to manipulate or obstruct the other parent's time with the child.

Ways of approaching child custody

California parents who are getting a divorce have a number of options available when it comes to child custody. There are many combinations of sole or joint legal and physical custody that may work for them. When parents have legal custody, they are able to make decisions about major issues in the child's life such as health care and education. The child lives with the parent who has physical custody or splits time between parents if physical custody is joint.

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