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You can fight back against parenting time interference

During divorce, California parents are naturally concerned with the future well-being and stability of their children. The two parents often have differing opinions about what that means and how to make custody work, and sometimes, these disagreements do not stop simply because a divorce is final. Parental complications involving the children can continue for months, even years, after a divorce is final.

In some cases, custody and visitation disputes can give way to serious issues, including interference with your rightful custody time. This is the attempt of one parent to disrupt and negatively impact the child's relationship with the other parent. If you suspect the other parent is trying to alienate you, it is beneficial to take immediate action to fight back.

Wife of Billy Bush files for divorce

Ending a marriage, like any relationship, is hard. However, the divorce process can get messy, as it requires spouses to make serious and difficult decisions. And just like any couple, those in the public eye also deal with the ups and downs that come with a relationship. Unfortunately, when it is clear that a marriage can no longer go on, these couples must also face the scrutiny of the public eye while going through this complicated and emotional process.

According to recent reports, the wife of Billy Bush filed for divorce. Bush, the show reporter on "Access Hollywood" and "Today" are ending their nearly 20 year union, and his wife is citing irreconcilable differences. In the filing, she is asking for joint legal custody and primary placement of their two youngest daughters. Their oldest daughter is an adult, so custody and placement of her is not at issue.

Child support guidelines in the state of California

For many individuals in California and elsewhere, there is a deep desire and yearning to have a child. Thus, when couples decide to embark on this journey, there are some realities that they must face. Raising a child is costly, but couples are able to pool together their money and make it work. However, when parents split or divorce, this can present issues, as it might be difficult for one parent to meet these financial needs on his or her own. In these cases, it might be vital to seek child support.

In the state of California, there are guidelines set for those seeking child support payments. These guidelines help the court determine the amount of money a parent or both parents must pay every month with regards to the expenses required to raise a child or children. While judges base there decisions on certain factors based on the guidelines set out by the state, this is not a straightforward process and it can get rather emotional.

What is an uncontested divorce?

Whether we observe it among celebrities, friends and family members or in our own marriage, we understand that no marriage is safe from divorce. While some spouses are able to get through the rough times, others understand it is best to part ways. Although no divorce is a happy process, it can be easier if spouses work together and reduce the number of disputes between them. This essentially occurs when spouses do not contest their divorce.

What is an uncontested divorce? This is when both spouses agree to divorce. The major benefit of this type of divorce is that it can save the divorcing couple both time and money. This also means that the couple agrees to big issues, such as child custody, support obligations, property distribution and spousal support.

Helping you navigate the ups and downs of divorce

Divorce can take on many forms. For one divorcing couple, this might look like filing for divorce and reaching an agreement on all divorce issues on their own. For another couple, this might look like disputes over custody, child support, property division and other similar issues. And for other couples, it might take on a whole different approach, as a spouse might seek to take protective steps because of domestic abuse.

At Niven & Niven, Attorneys and Law, our experienced divorce attorneys understand that no two divorces are the same, just like no two marriages are the same. A marriage can have years of memories, property, disputes and baggage. This can make a divorce, no matter its length, a messy and complex process.

Reasons to modify child support

Parents that are actively involved in the lives of their children want what is best for them. This not only means being there to support them mentally, physically and emotionally, but it also means being financially supportive. Raising a child can be rather costly, making it difficult for divorced parents to ensure all the needs of their child are met in both households. Thus, child support is often established as a means to ensure the financial needs of the child are continually met post-divorce.

When child support is established through a court order, it is expected that a parent will continue to meet this financial obligation. However, certain event in life could hurt a person's ability to maintain this ability to pay. While there are legitimate reasons why a parent can no longer pay child support, some parents decide to not pay because they are being vindictive.

Avoid divorce stress on summer vacation

You married. You had children. You raised them for 10 or more years, then determined you no longer wanted to be in a marriage to their other parent. You divorced. Everything seemed to be going fine until summertime came. Now that it's here, you feel stressed, overwhelmed and worried that it's shaping up to be your worst summer ever.  

It doesn't necessarily have to be that way. You're definitely not the only California family heading into summer shortly after finalizing a divorce. In fact, talking to friends or family members who have gone through similar experiences may be a first logical step to take to avoid major summertime stress. It's wise to review your court order and make sure both you and your ex clearly understand its terms. Also, keeping pertinent contact information with you at all times gives you easy access to support if problems arise. 

What are the penalties for delinquent child support payments?

When parents divorce, there are many decisions to be made and issues to sort through. One of these is child support. For a parent that is required to pay child support, this financial obligation is outline in an order. Once an order has been established, that parent is required to pay child support unless they take steps to modify the order to terminate it. However, just because a parent doesn't agree with the order or cannot make an upcoming payment, this does not mean they can avoid paying child support. Failing to pay child support could result in serious penalties.

What are the penalties for delinquent child support payments? In the state of California, failing to pay child support can have serious consequences. If a parent is able to pay child support and is purposefully not paying it, he or she could be found in contempt of court. This can be a serious offense, as it could involve jail time.

Frances Cobain loses father's guitar in divorce

While there might only be a few reasons to get married, there are a wide variety of reasons to end a marriage. What it boils down to is that the relationship can no longer work, and the spouses are better apart than together. Divorce can be a very emotional and challenging time, but it is necessary to work through some important and sensitive issues to complete the process. In some cases, this means letting go of things that are very important to one spouse.

According to recent reports, Frances Bean Cobain finalized her divorce with Isaiah Silva. The 25-year-old daughter of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain married Silva in 2014 and filed for divorce in 2016.

Factors considered in parental relocation

Being offered a new job or starting fresh in a new town sound like exciting opportunities. However, it can be a problematic situation for those with custody orders in place. Even when a custodial parent is seeking to relocate with their child that lives primarily or only with them, a non-custodial parent may take action to preserve his or her visitation rights, presenting issues for the parent that seeks to relocate.

In parental relocation matters, absent an agreement between the parents, the courts will look at certain factors when determining whether or not to allow for relocation. Specifically, a judge will determine if the move is contrary or in the best interests of the child.


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