Child Custody

Family Always Comes First

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Child Custody | 0 comments

My family is crazy! But I love them. I’m the oldest of 11 cousins, and we all grew up together. You know family is real when the boys end up wrestling and the girls take sides to get involved, and everyone ends up crying. In the end, we get over it and move on. Time heals all wounds.

You know how every family has that one crazy relative or relatives that usually show up to all the family events? Well, my entire dad’s side of the family is like that. We try to have a good time, but every now and then I feel like I’m going to pick up smoking just to deal with some of their curveballs coming out of left field. Okay, it’s not really that bad, but sometimes they do some kooky stuff. The last time we went to visit my cousins, they were super excited to show us their new “toy”.

I kid you not, these people had installed a lawnmower engine into the body of an old mail truck, spray painted in bright pink, and put solid rubber tires on the thing. Their amusement was unrivaled as they drove over rocks, sticks, and nails, laughing at the ridiculousness of the situation. Twice the truck fell over when they tried to drive up a steep embankment, and they just climbed out and flipped it back over again, laughing hysterically the whole time. I sat in disbelief with my brother in sister, trailing in an old golf cart, watching this unfold by the lake. I was pretty sure someone was going to get hurt or lose a limb, but those crazy kids had a great time while managing to stay safe.

They may be strange to me, but they’re still my family, and I’m just glad I get to see them. My aunt went through a terrible divorce, and my grandparents had to fight for visitation rights with the help of an attorney. It was an ugly battle for us all, but now that it’s over, my family can move on.

I’ve learned a lot from hanging out with my cousins. We all have different backgrounds and varied interests, and it’s almost reassuring to explore someone else’s world perspective knowing that no matter what, you’re still family. Like them or not, we are still related, and that has helped all of us stay close together.

We have big plans for this holiday season, and I’m in charge of frying the turkey. If my turkey ends up in flames and nothing goes right, it might be my turn to be the oddball of the family for a while. My grandma makes the best pies. I’m already looking forward to her pecan pie, but I’m sure I’ll end up having a slice of cherry and pumpkin pie too. If we’re lucky, she’ll also make some of her homemade apple bars, with icing on top. It takes forever to peel those green apples, but it’s totally worth it.

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Child Custody Cases in California

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Child Custody | 0 comments

A divorce can be a lengthy and complicated process, especially for spouses with children. Aside from the obvious emotional effects such a decision can cause, a divorcing couple will also have to deal with complications regarding child custody. They have to come to an amicable agreement, or else their custody case will be decided on by the court.

The laws regarding child custody arrangements are different depending on a couple’s state of residence. In California, family courts award custody based on several factors. Whether the judge decides on joint physical custody, joint legal custody, or sole custody, the final decision should always uphold the best interest of the child.

One of the first things that California courts consider is the health and safety of the child or children involved in the divorce. A judge will not grant custody or visitation rights to a parent who is deemed unfit. Anyone who has a criminal record for physical and sexual abuse or a history of substance abuse and addiction will be overlooked by the court. Usually, the judge will also issue a decision that limits or prevents contact with a spouse whose current partner is similarly found unfit.

California law also requires that the court take into consideration the decision of a child. Typically, the court will only consider a child’s preference if he or she is of a certain age. While the law doesn’t specify a specific number, the common consensus is that an older child will be able to make an informed choice regarding their parent’s custody arrangement.

Another important consideration is maintaining the stability of the child’s environment. To uphold their best interest, the court will need to take into the account a child’s established relationship with both parents and their siblings.

All in all, California custody cases need to be determined following factors that prioritize the best interested of the child or children involved. In an ideal scenario, such cases can be easily solved and the final consensus is the best decision for every party. However, as a Manhattan Beach child custody attorney would probably put it, changes in circumstances can call for modifications to the established agreement. Parents looking to change their current custody order can contact an experienced family lawyer to learn more about their options.

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