In California, there are two ways to determine how child custody matters are settled. The parents may come to an agreement on their own or a judge may make a ruling for them. If a judge creates a parenting plan, there are several issues that will be taken into account when so doing. In some cases, a temporary order may be issued if there are pressing matters that need to be resolved immediately.
In California, divorcing parents may decide on their own how to handle child support issues. However, if no agreement is reached, the state has a guideline in place to determine how much support a parent must pay. There are many variables that can influence how much support each parent may pay. Some of these variables include how much a parent earns or may earn or how many children each parent is responsible for.
As discussed in a previous post on this blog, spousal support, which is also known as alimony, is regular part of many divorce proceedings in California. Many readers may have questions about how the sums are decided and how long the payments might last. Our firm may be able to help clients answer these questions.
When people in California divorce, they have the option of working out an equitable distribution of eligible property on their own. Not all property will be divided, however, as some categories will remain with one party or the other. Similarly, eligible property may not always be evenly divided between the parties since courts take certain factors into consideration when deciding how the property and debts will be divided.
California law provides for two types of child custody and several types of visitation schedules. The term "custody" encompasses both legal custody, which refers to decision-making authority, as well as physical custody, which describes where the child will reside. Legal custody can be either shared or solely held by one parent, who then is able to make all decisions on behalf of the child in regards to education, medication, counseling and religion. Courts grant sole legal custody to one parent in cases in which the parents are unable to communicate with one another in the best interests of the child.