San Diego Family Law Blog
Visitation, also known as time-share, is a plan by which parents share time with their children. Visitation terms are included in a divorce decree. Reasonable visitation orders are typically open-ended and allow parents to work out between them when the child will be with each parent. To make reasonable visitation work for everyone concerned, parents must always put the needs and interests of the child first.
A child custody case can weigh heavily on your shoulders as you work to maintain your relationship with your child, whether it is through a custody plan or visitation. Most parents simply want to continue being a part of their children’s lives after a divorce, but if the other parent is combative or dismissive of their interests, it can lead to a high-conflict custody battle. If you attempt to file a motion to gain custody or modify your agreement, then the other parent will likely request an evidentiary hearing. An evidentiary hearing may sound intimidating, but out attorneys at Huguenor Mattis, A.P.C. can explain what you need to know about them and how to prepare for one.
Divorce and custody disputes can be contentious and emotionally charged. It is not uncommon for one spouse to make threats against the other. The first thing to know is these threats are often empty, with no legal validity in most cases. The other thing to know is making threats against the other party to get what you want in a divorce can leave you open to sanctions by the court.
Considering several relevant factors leading up to a final decision, a family court judge presiding over a child custody case in California must rule with what is in the best interest of the children. When both parents agree on a child custody arrangement, this saves a lot of grief associated with the process. In other situations, bitter disputes unfortunately arise, and you might want to consider hiring a child custody expert witness.
Maintaining a visitation schedule while also juggling the demands of work, health, and your relationships can be difficult for a divorced parent. Parents with visitation often have to fight hard to maintain relationships with their children and prove their commitment to the court-ordered visitation plan.
No one will tell you that sharing joint custody with an ex is a cakewalk, but disputes between the parents should never impact their relationships with the children.
Getting back into the dating scene is difficult after a divorce, especially if you start taking a hard look at your romantic relationships and your finances. You probably have lingering anxiety about mixing your property with another person, especially if you still have legal obligations to your ex, such as alimony. Even if you do not get married again, your new partner can be negatively impacted by these payments.
No one plans for their marriage to end, but when you do decide to get a divorce, you will want to be as prepared as possible. Walking into a divorce without a clear understanding of your finances or legal obligations can lead to a difficult, draining process. By collecting the right documents, planning for custody, and determining how to deal with leftover debt, you can ensure that your divorce goes much more smoothly than otherwise.
After a divorce, one of the biggest difficulties you face is understanding how to do your taxes. You may need to update your legal name, change your filing status, understand the new nationwide rules for alimony payments, figure out who can claim dependents, double-check your withholdings, and fulfill other requirements at both the state and federal level.
As the COVID-19 pandemic nears its second year, we are hopeful that the new vaccines will finally bring lockdown to an end and allow Californians to go back to a sense of normalcy. For many older individuals and those who are immunocompromised, a vaccine is necessary to withstand the full brunt of COVID-19. But for divorced parents, vaccinations may be a difficult subject to agree on, especially if one parent does not believe in them.