Kathleen J. Smith, Attorney at Law

custody and parenting time Archives

Co-parenting pitfalls to avoid

One would like to presume that most parents, despite divorcing their ex, genuinely love their children and want what is best for them. That often involves sharing parenting time with your ex, and that isn't always easy. Co-parenting successfully takes a lot of work across all of the years after the ink is dry on the child custody agreement. Here are a few key pitfalls to avoid.

Key terms of child custody

The single most important thing to determine when a California couple with children parts ways is with whom the children will live. Child custody can be a very contentious issue between separating or divorcing parents. However, it can be handled constructively. The parents can put together a parenting plan that works for them and for their children. In order to do so, it is important to understand some key terms about custody.

Taking control of your custody and parenting time schedule

If you are like most people who live and work in the Sonoma Country region of California, you probably lead quite a busy life. If you have children and are divorced or getting a divorce, your life is probably even more complicated. Child custody and parenting time is extremely important for all members of a divorced family, but it is also one of the most difficult areas of divorce to resolve.

Tips for creating a successful parenting agreement

Child custody and parenting time are two of the most contentious elements of a divorce with kids. Typically, both parents want what is best for the children. However, they sometimes have different ideas about how to achieve their goals. Although the intentions of both parents are good, these disagreements can evolve into long-lasting and stressful conflicts. If the parents cannot create a mutually agreeable parenting plan, a California family court will decide the matter.

California makes the top 20 for best places to raise a family

Parents can face various challenges when it comes to raising their family. What challenges may by particularly likely to come up depends on many things, including where a family lives. Different locations vary greatly when it comes to the many factors that touch on raising a family.

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