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Family law: Pursuing modifications to a child custody agreement

During divorce, parents in California and elsewhere may find it essential to reach a child custody agreement that is centered on meeting the needs of their children. However, circumstances can change over time, and certain changes could prompt a need to revisit the original parenting plan and make adjustments where necessary. Since the process can be complex, a parent may find it beneficial to speak with a family law attorney for guidance on how to pursue the necessary modifications.

Perhaps one of the most common reasons to pursue changes to a parenting plan is a need to relocate. If two parents cannot reach an agreement concerning the proposed changes, the court will consider a variety of variables when determining if modifications are needed. These can include the reason behind the relocation, how it will affect the current parenting plan, and how it might impact the life of the kids.

Reports of suspicious driving behavior leave 1 accused of DUI

There may be numerous scenarios in which a driver might find it difficult to maintain proper lane control, ranging anywhere from momentary distraction to fatigue. Unfortunately, it may also be easy to assume that such behavior could be the result of intoxication. A 37-year-old man has been arrested and is facing DUI charges after authorities received reports of a driver exhibiting suspicious behavior in California.

Law enforcement agents assert the incident began when they received reports of a driver who was constantly drifting in and out of a lane of traffic on a recent Thursday night. Witnesses also claim that, at one point, the driver stopped the vehicle near the road and exited it to use the bathroom. Upon locating the vehicle and initiating a routine traffic stop, police claim the driver appeared to be exhibiting signs of intoxication.

Can you still retire as you plan to after your divorce?

If you're getting close to retirement age but you find yourself thinking of a fresh beginning, you may consider divorce. Divorce used to be more common among younger couples, but modern divorces include couples who have been married for decades. With the children out of the house and the potential for long days together ahead, you may find that you no longer want to remain married.

Over the course of your marriage, both you and your spouse have grown accustomed to a particular standard of living. The uncomfortable truth is you will likely need to make lifestyle changes in the wake of a divorce. Instead of benefiting from your combined income, each spouse will need to make ends meet with only what they personally earn. That can impact many aspects of your life, including your plans for your upcoming retirement.

A history of abuse or violence can impact your custody case

One reason that marriages come to an end is abusive or dangerous behavior by one spouse. Many couples have several happy years before abuse becomes a factor. By that point, the other person may not feel like he or she can leave. This is particularly true if there are minor children. A spouse being physically or emotionally abused may worry about trying to leave and the potential impact on the kids.

For those considering leaving an abusive relationship, there are resources and support systems available to help. However, in order to protect yourself and your children from ongoing abuse during and after a divorce, you should take steps as soon as possible to document the abuse in your household. Otherwise, you may end up sharing custody with someone who mistreats you and your children.

Protecting the well-being of kids during divorce in California

Dissolving a marriage can be a stressful and daunting experience, especially when kids are involved. Upon making the decision to part ways, parents in California may have concerns about how the process will affect their kids. Since divorce can be tough on kids, parents may find it advisable to seek guidance on ways to help shield them against unnecessary suffering.

For children, understanding the concept of divorce can be challenging, and they may feel as though they will lose access to one of their parents. This could lead some parents to consider remaining in the home for a time after making the decision to divorce. While this could help children adjust under certain circumstances, if the parents are unable to get along and fight constantly, seeking new living arrangements may be advisable.

Bankruptcy: Medical bills remain an issue for many in California

A medical emergency can occur at any moment and may leave an individual in California with little choice but to visit a medical facility. Unfortunately, with the extensive costs of treatment, a single visit to the hospital can have devastating financial ramifications. Those who experience hardships due to substantial amounts of medical debt may suffer a lesser quality of life for extended periods, and they may wish to explore the benefits of seeking relief through the available outlets, such as bankruptcy.

Medical debts remain a serious concern for many individuals, insured and uninsured alike. Even those who carry health insurance policies may be reluctant to visit the hospital, as the costs of medical care could still leave them facing significant financial obligations due to high deductibles. However, a person might not always have a choice in the matter, and a sudden emergency could force one to take on substantial amounts of debt.

Preparing for child custody negotiations during divorce

For parents in California and elsewhere, making the decision to end a marriage is rarely easy. Even if divorce is the best choice for everyone involved, certain topics could prove difficult to discuss, such as those pertaining to child custody. However, parents who gain an understanding of the issues to address in a parenting plan may find themselves better prepared to pursue an acceptable and amicable agreement during negotiations.

In many cases, kids may benefit the most if they are allowed ample access to both parents. One of the first topics to address concerning shared parenting may include agreements as to how parenting decisions will be handled. This can include decisions concerning education and medical needs. Parents may also find it beneficial to discuss living arrangements and scheduling needs to ensure they are able to provide for the well-being of the kids.

What is dissipation of assets in a California divorce?

Some couples have a prenuptial agreement that outlines exactly how they will split up their possessions and debts in a divorce. Other couples may come to terms amicably, through mediation or otherwise, that allow for an uncontested divorce.

In some cases, however, divorcing spouses simply cannot agree on any of the relevant terms. When this happens, the courts will have to make key decisions on behalf of the spouses and any minor children they may have.

Movies about divorce might not be the best source for guidance

There are a multitude of movies that are based on real-life scenarios, and the messages they convey can be moving. However, watching a movie about the end of a marriage may be much different than actually going through a similar life change. Instead of turning to the silver screen for guidance, individuals in California who are facing divorce may find it beneficial to consult with a family law attorney for advice on what to expect in the process.

In many cases, movies about divorce may include one party who is devastated by the process and struggles to move forward with life. While divorce can be a stressful and emotional experience, these feelings may only be temporary, and for those in a relationship that is no longer functional, ending a marriage could be the healthiest path for everyone involved. While movies may also deem it necessary to shift the blame toward one person, in life, this isn't always the case, as some couples may simply grow apart over time.

1 facing DUI charges following death of motorcycle rider

A motor vehicle accident can take place in an instant and can place the safety of everyone nearby at risk. Following the initial impact, nearby drivers may find it challenging to react in time to avoid becoming involved. Similar instances can be even more of a concern when they occur at night, when visibility is reduced. A California woman has been charged with DUI after she was unable to avoid striking a man who had just been involved in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident.

Law enforcement agents state the initial collision took place at around 2 a.m. on a recent Saturday when a vehicle struck a man on a motorcycle and the driver fled the scene. As the man stood up in the roadway, authorities say he was struck by a second vehicle. The impact of the second collision caused him to suffer severe injuries, and he was pronounced dead at the scene soon thereafter.

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