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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

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

Life isn't fair, but the law is. Fathers have rights!

Friday, December 11, 2015

As a father, you have the same parental rights as the mother of your child when it comes to divorce. The fact is, however, that neither parent's rights supersede the "best interest" of the child or children. Children need to have both parents equally involved in their lives. Read More

Father's Rights in the Divorce and Custody Process

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Unfortunately, divorce is all too common in modern society. The rate of divorce in the United State ranges from 25-50%, depending on the source of the information, but regardless of the exact number, divorce is always a traumatic and stressful event that can result in financial and emotional hardship. Read More

Myths and Facts About Father's Rights

Monday, November 30, 2015

It's been a long-held belief that there is a bias in the courts in favor of women, and that any mother who wants full custody of her children will easily get it.  Many states have been working to change this and to give equal protection to both parents.  Today, in the state of California, it is assumed that each parent has equal rights and responsibilities for the children.  Many fathers still worry about their rights in the case of a dispute, so here are various things that father's rights include. Read More

3 Facts you May Not Know about Child Support & Child Support Arrearages

Friday, November 20, 2015

If you ever find yourself faced with a potential child support or child support arrearages situation, how can you tell the difference between myth and reality? Film and television love to focus on who is taking care of children in their storylines but they very rarely showcase how support is established for the child.  Here are three facts that you may not know about child support in California. Read More

Mistakes Fathers Make during a Divorce

Thursday, December 11, 2014

One of the biggest mistakes fathers make in a child custody dispute is to simply assume that the mother has full rights to the custody of the child.

California courts do not take into account the gender of the parent, but make a decision on child custody based on the child's best interests. A father may be just as eligible for custody, if he can prove to the court that he can provide a healthy environment for a child.

Often, fathers simply sign away their rights to the primary custody of their child to the mothers, either under a burden of guilt over the divorce, or because of a misunderstanding that the mother is entitled to the custody of the children. You can pursue custody of your child, even though the system does have some bias against fathers. If you believe that you have absolutely no right to the custody of your child, and have no chance of winning a custody battle, you may be wrong.

However, another mistake could be to pursue a child custody battle too far. If you have an attorney who advises you to pursue litigation at all costs, including the cost of your children’s happiness, then it may be time for you to seek another Los Angeles divorce lawyer. Over litigating is not just traumatic for your children, and for you, but it could also destroy your credibility in the eyes of the court. The court may not look too kindly on a father who insists on litigating every step of the way, even when it is clear that it is time to stop.

In many cases, such behavior by fathers is the result of a bruised ego. When it comes to child custody, it is important to keep your ego aside, and take decisions that protect your rights as a father, while making sure that your children are happy.

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Tips to Surviving the Holidays for Single Fathers

Monday, December 01, 2014

The holidays are often a bittersweet time for single parents. This is the time of the year when family is stressed on more than any other time. Single parents may feel guilty, and find themselves battling negative feelings during the holidays.

If you are a single father, Los Angeles family lawyers advise that you have all your visitation dates, pick up and drop off details, and other details about the holiday schedule planned out well in advance. It's a good idea to have a conference with your ex-wife just before the holiday season begins, to make sure that you're both on the same page when it comes to children's visitation and plans for the holidays.

Make sure that you know exactly when the children will be with you. Plan celebrations that are simple, intimate, and prioritize the happiness of the children. Children look forward to the holidays, and the last thing they want to do is celebrate with far too many people that they don't know, or don't like.

If this is your first holiday after the divorce, invite the children to start a new holiday tradition or holiday ritual. This could be a ritual that you establish for you and your children, and it could be the start of something that continues every year. It could be something as simple as helping with cooking the holiday meal, or volunteering at a local shelter. Whatever you plan to do, make sure that it's something that the children will enjoy.

Don't overdose on guilt, and buy your children too-expensive gifts. Remember, your children are probably not spending as much time with you since the divorce as they would like to, and what they need the most during the holiday is your time and love.

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