Courts have discretion in deciding with whom children will live, but are guided by two principals: maintain the status quo and provide frequent and continuing contact by both parents with minor children.
Family Code Section 3042 requires the Court to consider a child’s preference regarding custody if the child is of sufficient age and capacity to form an intelligent opinion on the issue. As of January 1, 2012 the California Legislature amended the statute to add that the judge must also consider a child’s wishes concerning visitation.
One in four children in the United States is being raised by a single parent — a percentage that has been on the rise and is higher than any other developed country, according to a report released on Wednesday.
Medical marijuana is big business and more commonly accepted in all social strata. How does it impact the family law courts. While not the final word on the issue a recent case has shed light on how the court’s may view medical marijuana in the context of a dependency proceeding.
The Fourth Appellate District recently reversed a post judgment order and stated that a family court’s refusal to reinstate the custody arrangements ordered prior to one parent’s deployment to active duty in the military.
There is an interesting podcast on NPR today in which a 12 year old boy recounts how he felt during and after his parents divorce which occurred when he was nine. It is worth a listen particularly if you are involved in child custody issues.
Justin Bieber, the 17-year-old pop star, is in the midst of a scandal: A 20-year-old California woman named Mariah Yeater has filed a suit claiming he fathered her 4-month-old son in a brief encounter at an L.A. concert.