Whether parents are divorcing or simply no longer sharing a life, support payments can be an important contribution to the child's well-being. Many California parents may not fully understand the purpose of child support, especially when both the mother and father are either struggling or well-off. Support payments go from one ex to the other to help cover the children's expenses, and they are generally directed from the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent. However, the latter may vary depending on the specific circumstances of child custody and the parents' financial situations.
Many couples in California prefer to exchange "I dos" during the more relaxed days of summer. College and grad students, however, tend to swap vows during the first few weeks of the new year when they have some time between semesters and other obligations. While many younger couples may have an assortment of things on their pre-marriage to-do list, a prenuptial agreement might not be one of them. Still, it's a document that can provide added security and peace of mind.
The beginning of a new year can make many of us evaluate where we are in our lives and decide if we are content or if a change is needed. One thought you may have been having but have not been addressing is if you are ready to divorce. This decision is typically not an easy one to make and will often require deeper examination of your own situation.
Misdemeanors -- small criminal offenses that are punishable by a maximum of one year in jail -- are a big part of the legal system throughout California and the rest of America. In fact, misdemeanors constitute about 80 percent of all arrests as well as 80 percent of state dockets, according to FBI arrest data. As a result, the number of misdemeanor cases that are filed annually can reach 13 million, which is an enormous number.
The New Year has ushered in a law that reforms how judges can consider disputes over pets in divorce cases in California. Prior to Jan. 1, courts treated pets as physical property, but animal advocates viewed that legal definition as inadequate for living creatures with feelings. The new law gives judges the ability to think about an animal's best interests.
There is still a question for many as to whether children, especially infants and toddlers, do better with just their mother having sole custody or with the father and mother having 50-50 joint custody. Prohibitions have previously been given on young children spending overnight time under the care of their fathers. California residents may be interested in knowing more about the latest understandings of child development in connection with child custody.