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Child custody terms may impact parenting decisions in California

Many individuals may praise recent cell phone apps like Pokemon Go as helping kids get more exercise due to the interactive nature of the games. However, these apps may also lead to children spending a considerable amount of time staring at a screen, and some parents may find that unhealthy. In such situations, some California parents may be able to simply enforce a time restraint on the game, but child custody arrangements may come into play for divorced parents.

If one parent believes that spending too much time with technology could negatively impact children, he or she may want his or her own children to play less. However, the other parent may not see anything wrong with extended time spent with the game. As a first step, the parents may wish to discuss their feelings regarding such activities in hopes of reaching an agreement on their own on how to enforce certain rules. 

If parents are unable to work together to set agreeable rules, one or both parents may feel the need to take legal action. Such action could result in one parent being legally obligated to follow an imposed rule if it is in the best interests of the children involved. Of course, in order for such an outcome to take place, there will likely need to be evidence that the current arrangement is unhealthy for the children. 

Taking legal action may seem like a harsh step, but if a child has been significantly affected in a negative way through extended technology use or game play, a parent may feel the need to protect the child. Though it may be hoped that co-parents could work together in order to come to terms, that may not always be the case. California parents who would like to find out how their child custody terms could be enforced when it comes to creating rules for their children may wish to find out more information.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Pokemon! Can Divorced Co-Parents Protect Kids from Excessive Screen Time?", Bari Zell Weinberger, Aug. 24, 2016

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