Having spent some time last week on our Tustin family law blog discussing the components of a parenting plan, let's look at how parents can make the parenting plan work for their families out in the real world. The information is intended to be general in nature only, not specific legal advice.
Tustin parents who are raising children after the end of their marriage (or parents who never were married and are no longer in a relationship with one another) face a number of challenges. Assuming there are no issues with violence or abuse in the family, both parents will likely be sharing at least some time with their children. To do so effectively, they'll need a parenting plan.
When you filed for divorce in a California court, you logically assumed you would face future financial obligations regarding child support and alimony. You were okay with that and really just want to work out an agreement in the swiftest, most financially feasible manner possible so you could get on with your life. The thing about child support and alimony is, however, that each state has its own guidelines to govern these processes.
Every family in California comes has financial needs, particularly when it comes to raising children. When divorcing parents are assessing how best to continually meet the needs of their children, child support needs to be discussed.
Perhaps you're a Tustin parent who receives child support payments from a former partner, and you've just learned that he or she is going to be spending some time behind bars. Or perhaps you are a parent who pays child support, and you've been sentenced to prison. In either case, there are some important points to emphasize regarding child support payments and incarcerated parents.
As discussed last week on our Tustin family law blog, determining which parent will have custody of a child after a divorce involves a number of different decisions. Physical custody, legal custody, primary or joint custody, parenting time -- all must be taken into consideration while focusing on the best interests of the child. This is true whether divorcing parents are working on child custody issues out of court or before a judge.