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When might a custody modification be necessary?

When people think about child custody issues, they often think first about securing the initial order. However, as most parents who already have a custody order in place likely know, other issues can arise years after that initial order is put in place.

For instance, if you have been complying with a custody and visitation arrangement for a few years now, it may be necessary to revisit your orders and perhaps modify them. 

What you should (and should not) expect from a mediator

Divorce is hard enough without the added complexity and contention of going to court. As such, many people resolve some or all divorce-related matters in mediation. If you choose to do this, or if the courts have ordered you do this, then it can be helpful to know what to expect.

One particularly important element of mediation that you should understand is what the mediator does, or in some cases, doesn't do. In this post, we will explain the role of the mediator in resolving family legal matters as well as what a mediator cannot or will not do.

Fathers: Don't let these missteps jeopardize your parental rights

Men who must navigate the family legal system in California are often in a very delicate situation. They struggle to find a balance between fighting for what they deserve and seeming too aggressive, and they may be tempted to give in to an ex to seem more flexible, even if doing so is not in their best interests.

While it can be difficult to know what to do in a particular situation without individual legal guidance, there are some things men -- and more specifically, fathers -- should always avoid when they are navigating the family legal system.

What to do after being denied holiday parenting time

The Memorial Day weekend holiday is quickly approaching. But for some parents, this may be a difficult time. Divorcing and separated parents may have difficulties scheduling time for the children to spend with both parents during the holiday weekend. If a parent is denied parenting time, it could lead to hard feelings, growing resentment and thoughts of revenge. Suffice it to say, being shunned on a holiday weekend can make the most devoted parent feel like a second-class citizen.

While we hope our readers do not have to endure the pain of not seeing their kids, those who are denied parenting time can take solace in the legal remedies available. After all, family court judges want parents to include each other in the raising of the children. This means that each parent must take reasonable steps in fostering the relationship between the child and the other parent. A parent who defies this does so at their own peril.

3 surprising benefits of mediating a divorce

Sitting in a room to discuss topics like parenting schedules and financial valuations with a soon-to-be ex-spouse can be uncomfortable, stressful and upsetting. As such, many people initially think that resolving these and other issues in a mediation setting is just not a good idea.

However, before you dismiss mediation as an option for resolving divorce-related matters because you think it might be too difficult or distressing, you should consider the various (and perhaps surprising) benefits that could come with mediating a divorce.

Dealing with the gray areas of gray divorce

If you are over 50 and divorcing, you are part of the growing "gray divorce" demographic. This group of people consists of men and women who are ending marriages later in life, often after children have grown up and left the house. 

Even though so-called gray divorces are becoming more common, they still have the potential to be quite complicated. In fact, there are numerous issues that have no easy answer.

Will my child have a say in custody?

Custody and visitation disputes can be enormously upsetting for the child involved. Some parents lose sight of this when they are battling in court over who will get custody. 

Kids in this situation cannot control the decisions their parents make, but they could have some say in their living situation. Child preference can be an important factor that courts consider when determining custody, but there are strict rules and guidelines in place when it comes to a child's participation and testimony in family court. 

Don't forget about these assets in your divorce

One of the first things people typically wonder about after deciding to divorce is what will happen to their assets. Who will keep the home? How will they divide bank accounts and retirement accounts? Will there be a fight over the family car?

These are often the major assets people own and worry about in a divorce. However, while real estate, cash and cars are certainly important to consider during the property division process, there are numerous other assets that you should not overlook or minimize if you are about to divorce.

It’s already time to think about summer custody arrangements

During the school year families have a set schedule but that all changes when school lets out and the days get longer. Bed times get pushed back and kids spend evenings playing outdoors instead of finishing homework. But without proper planning, summer fun will upend carefully devised parenting schedules.

Start now to be ready

It's not 'all or nothing' when it comes to mediating a divorce

Many people assume mediation is not a viable dispute resolution method for their divorce. Often, people think this because there are issues that divorcing spouses simply cannot agree on. However, mediation is not an all-or-nothing dispute resolution method.

In other words, you do not have to resolve every divorce-related matter in mediation; some issues prove to be too contentious or complicated to settle outside of court. That being said, there are a few strategies that can help people tackle as many issues in mediation as possible. 

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