Family law attorneys handle many different types of cases, including those dealing with child custody modifications, but changes in custody may occur for many reasons. One instance would be when a child experiences the death of his or her custodial parent. A new guardian would need to be appointed as the responsible party until the child reaches adulthood.
California custodial parents who are not receiving child support might wonder what options are available to them. If the other parent has moved out of state to avoid payments and if certain other conditions apply, it might be possible to prosecute the parent under the Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act. This federal law was established in 1998.
Following a March 10 court hearing in a California court, Dean McDermott, Tori Spelling's husband, was ordered to pay half of the child support that he owed to his ex-wife. If McDermott does not pay, his ex-wife could go back to court and have him taken to jail for contempt of court.
The decisions involved in custody and creating a parenting plan are often the most contentious ones in a California divorce. Both parents tend to feel that their plan for the future of the child is the best. However, it may be that in some cases the conflict over custody and plans causes more damage to the child than could be mediated by the best plan. There are some strategies to help parents avoid causing unnecessary stress and emotional turmoil to their children during divorce.
California parents are not allowed to remove a child from the United States in an effort to restrict another parent's rights. Parents are also not allowed to detain a child in another country to interfere with another parent's right to their child. Those who take such actions may be guilty of international parental kidnapping, and they could face up to three years in prison.