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Recognition of Father's Rights for the Unmarried

Friday, March 11, 2016

Since the 1960s, there has been an increasing number of children born to unwed parents. This has caused an increased look at the fathers of these children, father's rights, and the role men play in raising their children. Read More

Three Mistakes Fathers Make When it Comes to Child Support & Child Support Arrearages

Friday, March 04, 2016

The public often trivializes fathers' contributions to children's healthy development. Although fathers love their children just as much as mothers, this bias causes some fathers to fail to aggressively protect their rights due to an excessively defeatist attitude or fear of being labeled a deadbeat. Ultimately, fathers' reluctance to stand up for themselves hurts their children. Below are common mistakes fathers make with respect to child support and child support arrearagesRead More

Critical Things to Remember if You're in Arrears for Child Support

Friday, February 26, 2016

Keeping up with your child support obligation can be challenging. If you have recently found yourself in financial trouble, you might currently be in child support arrearages and could be unsure of what to do. These are a few critical things for you to remember if you are in this situation. Read More

Our Experienced Family Law Attorney Explains Child Custody Character References

Friday, February 19, 2016

If you are going through a child custody case, one thing that may be asked of you is to provide character references, from someone close to you, to outline the interactions witnessed between you and your child. This allows the court to have a better understanding of the living environment the child lives in, and to justify that the child is healthy, secure and safe. Read More

What Happens When you Fail to Appear in Court

Friday, February 12, 2016

While the justice system may appear convoluted and bloated at times, the fact is the process follows a structured and predictable pattern, regardless of the category and severity of the charge. If you are scheduled to appear in court by don’t show up, failure to appear can result in a number of possible consequences. Here are a few: Read More

Fathers, Help is On the Way

Friday, February 05, 2016

In today's legal climate, most fathers see their rights violated at every turn. Thousands of fathers across the country nearly bankrupt themselves handing over child support checks to custodial mothers who seldom, if ever, let them see the children they're struggling to help. The especially unlucky ones are falsely accused of heinous crimes in the midst of bitter custody battles. Courts, judges, and especially the bulk of divorce lawyers seem to have a vested interest in making sure that fathers do not get a square deal in the courtroom. Read More

Fathers' Rights: Finding Resolutions

Friday, January 29, 2016

His level of influence decreases because of the child's living arrangements. A direct positive influence creates success if the father and mother compromise on vital issues regarding child-rearing. The following issues arise throughout a child's life. They present conflict between mothers and fathers. The ability to reduce disagreements impacts the child's sense of security.

  • Education: The main goal of a parent is ensuring that their child gets quality education. Parents, whether together or separated, are responsible for their child to excel in school. When parents work with the child, as well as with each other, success is achievable. The father must attend parent teacher conferences and assist his child with homework, school projects, and after-school activities.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: If the mother and father are from different cultural backgrounds, have different religious observances, or come from different family structures, influences on parenting styles differ. For example, if the parents have a conflict in their level of religious practice, they need to discuss these differences thoroughly. The family make-up of the mother and father has a direct influence on their parenting. If one parent grows up with a single parent and the other raised by both parents, their approach to parenting is very different. Compromise is key.
  • Peer Pressure: When the father is not the custodial parent, the parents must agree to the same guidelines. Important conversations about sex and drug/alcohol use is essential. Both parents must create a safe haven for a child to express himself or herself. Puberty and adolescence are difficult stages.  Throughout these periods, both parents must support their child.

The father plays an integral role in his child's life. It is unfair to both the father and the child when access is denied and influence is limited. A parent's ability to compromise with the other parent is the most promising way to ensure their child's happiness and future.

For more information on father's rights, please contact us.

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Make Sure That Your Father's Rights Aren't Violated

Friday, January 22, 2016

As the male parent, you might feel as if you are at a disadvantage in the court system in regards to your children. This can be true in many cases, but you should know that you have father's rights that should be abided by. If you feel that your father's rights are being violated, it is critical to seek legal assistance. Read More

Family Law Tips: Talking to Your Child About Divorce

Friday, January 15, 2016
  • No one gets married thinking they will get divorced. Unfortunately, nearly half of all marriages end this way and many of those include children. Talking with your child about the situation can be helpful in starting the healing process. Use the following tips to help your child through the uncertainty.

    How To Talk To Your Children:

    • Make sure your kids know they are not the reason for the divorce. 
    • Your children will likely want to know the causes for the split. Share an age appropriate response with them. 
    • Explain that both parents love them even if one of the parents will not live in the same house.
    • If it has been decided, talk with your children about how their life will change. This may include where they will live, with whom, and when they will see their other parent.
    • Assure your child that you are available to answer their questions and listen to their concerns.

    What To Do For Your Children:

    • Encourage your kids to continue their participation in school activities, sports, and other extracurricular activities.
    • Stick to a routine that fits your family's needs. While change is inevitable during this time, finding a routine that works for you will help to give your children a sense of normalcy.
    • Make sure your children spend adequate time with both parents.
    • Give your children reassurance by showing them the love they desire. This helps to alleviate some of the sadness and fears they are dealing with.

    A divorce is a big transition for everyone involved. Use these tips to help make the transition as smooth as possible for your children. If you have any family law questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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What Celebrity Child Support Payments Can Teach You 2/2

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Here is the second part of our discussion about celebrity child support payments and what you can learn from them when you are a parent in the Los Angeles area.

Working Women

Kevin Federline has never had the best reputation in Hollywood, but a judge did think he was most qualified to be the custodial parent for his two children with Britney Spears. This resulted in $20,000 payments from Spears every month.

What This Means For You: While courts in the past traditionally awarded women custody and saw men as breadwinners, this is not always the case anymore. If you are a father with physical custody, the mother of your children may owe you child support.

Multiple Options

Sean Combs has many names and seems to do it all as the man currently known as P. Diddy is a rapper, producer, entrepreneur and former reality star. He is also a father who pays $20,000 per month to Kim Porter along with insurance, tuition and legal fees.

What You Need To Know: There are many possibilities depending on your situation. For example, one parent may arrange to pay for things a child needs instead of paying child support or might pay a smaller amount because of this. Another alternative might be that the parent with physical custody could keep a house during a divorce instead of taking child support or alimony.

Your choices will vary based on your children's needs and how well you and the other parent can communicate and cooperate. When considering your options and trying to find the right solution, contact us for more information.

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