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Legal custody and how it could impact your parental rights

Child custody can be a complex issue, as both parents want to retain a strong relationship with their children after a divorce is final. Generally, family courts recognize the importance of allowing a child to maintain a strong relationship with both parents. For this reason, joint custody or shared custody is now quite common.

What are your options when divorce is not an option?

The end of a marriage is difficult. There are both financial and emotional challenges associated with ending an important relationship and extricating two lives, especially when it does not seem like divorce is an option. If divorce is not a possibility for you right now for any reason, there are still ways to formally separate and move on with your life.

Another important divorce issue: Pet custody

Whether you were married 10 years or more, or you never reached your fifth anniversary, divorce is likely to include various issues that must be resolved before you can move on in life and leave your past behind you. If you are one of many California parents currently preparing for divorce proceedings, your children's best interests are no doubt your highest priority. There are also property division issues to consider, and any business interests that might be pertinent to your situation as well.

My ex can work but doesn't, do I have to keep paying support?

You entered a marriage in your late 20s after you and your wife both finished college and had experience in the workforce. After having children, your wife quit her job to stay home with the kids. Now, 10 years down the line, you find yourself divorced and paying spousal support on top of child support. Your ex can work but chooses not to, leaving you to wonder if you really have to keep paying for her to live her life.

Will my military service create a child custody issue?

You work hard as a member of our country's Armed Forces. You have given up time with the ones you love to protect the freedoms of everyone else. Unfortunately, your military service put such a strain on your marriage that now your spouse is seeking a divorce and is requesting sole custody of your children. What can you do if you would prefer more of a shared custody arrangement?

Filing for no-fault divorce in California

If you have made the decision to file for divorce, you may be surprised to learn that there are several options available to you. Knowing which choice is optimal for your situation, how to file and what to expect from the process can have an impact on your final divorce order.

Courts still reluctant to order shared custody

The expectations society has put on parents has sometimes been a difficult burden to bear. Each generation tries to get it right, and the following generation wants to parent in its own way. One constant is that children love both of their parents, and the time they spend with each parent is vital to their formation.

Security clearance makes dull dinner conversation

Your marriage has its share of turmoil just like any other. Problems with the children, in-laws, finances and other externals often create stress that you can only resolve when you and your spouse take a quiet moment to talk it over. If your spouse's work is the cause of stress, it may be more difficult to have those important conversations since you may not fully understand the requirements of your spouse's job or the reasons for the pressure.

Is post-traumatic stress related to your current domestic stress?

As the spouse of a military combat veteran in California, you are undoubtedly aware of the many challenges involved in helping a veteran re-adapt to civilian life. If your spouse suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, no one needs to tell you how difficult life can be as the symptoms of this disorder rear their ugly heads in the weeks, months and years that follow return from deployment. Sadly, post-traumatic stress is often a causal factor in domestic violence incidents.

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