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.
Raising a child in California is no easy task. A lot goes into raising a child, and when a parent has sole custody of a child, he or she constantly makes decisions based on the best interests of their child. However, when this decision is to move to a different city or state, there are some considerations to make. While sole custody is established, visitation might exist for a non-custodial parent. Whether this occurs every other weekend, one day a week or one weekend a month, visitation rights might be interrupted by a move. Thus, when a parent seeks to relocate, he or she needs to revisit a child custody order.
A parent's love for their child is often unexplainable. Nothing can change this, not even an event such as divorce. But what divorce can do is alter the time spent with a child. Although the quantity of time is impacted, this does not impact the quality of their relationship. It is necessary in these situations to reach a custody agreement that works for everyone involved. While it may not look like the parenting plan that you had hoped, if it fulfills the best interests of the child standard, it is likely the proper order at this time.
Whether you welcomed a little one in your life through birth or adoption, parents in California and elsewhere expect to maintain their relationship with their child from the day the first held them until their passing. Unfortunately, parents can encounter difficulties when maintaining this relationship, as divorce can be a major event that can impact parenting time. Child custody is a necessary issue to address during the divorce process.
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.
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.
"Hard, but beautiful" -- this is how actor Bill Hader described parenting during an interview with Conan O'Brien several years ago. Tustin parents have likely felt something similar at some point; a recognition of both the challenges and the rewards of raising children. One challenge Hader and many other parents will also experience is that of a divorce with child custody issues to resolve.