Judges in California and in most other states will scrutinize a parent's living situation as part of a child custody proceeding. They will generally look to see that they have enough space for the child and live in a part of town that is safe. If a parent has multiple children, he or she should have sufficient space for each child. Sufficient space is partially based on the child's age and gender.
Holidays can be stressful, and divorce is tough. When the two are combined, both parents and children may suffer. If the separation or divorce is new, a family may be dealing with difficult emotions such as fear, loss, sadness and betrayal. However, California parents can still take steps to help their children enjoy the holiday season.
People in California who are getting a divorce might be unable to co-parent effectively because they cannot get along well enough for that. However, they can still practice parallel parenting. This is when both individuals still manage to spend time with their children without being involved with one another as parents. People who successfully practice parallel parenting generally do agree in general on large issues, such as a child's religion and education.
After a divorce, it is important that parents focus on the best interests of the child. In California and throughout the country, a trend called birdnesting has attempted to ease the burden that children may feel after their parents get divorced. In such a scenario, the child will stay in the family home while the parents will rotate between that home and an apartment.
Biological fathers in California have a legal right to access to their children, but they might need to take some steps to establish that right. First, it may be necessary to establish paternity. While this may simply involve signing an acknowledgement of paternity, in disputed cases, it could involve DNA testing.