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Family law: What is the COAP program?

When California parents divorce, the court may award child custody to one parent and order the other parent to pay child support. Family law provides guidelines, according to which the amount of child support is calculated. If the noncustodial parent does not pay child support, or if the child is in foster care, the government may support the family and then hold that parent responsible for repayment of the support provided by the state.

Child custody and parenting made easier with downloaded apps

California parents who are planning divorce would likely be concerned about the effect it would have on the children and how they can arrange parenting to cause as little trauma as possible. Shared child custody has become the rule rather than the exception -- except in cases where the court believes that such an arrangement will not be in the best interest of the child. Establishing parenting plans can be quite a challenge, but parents in this generation are fortunate to have a variety of mobile apps available to make separate parenting easier.

Divorce mediation does not eliminate the need for an attorney

The prospect of ending a marriage and enduring the trauma associated with litigation can be overwhelming for anybody. Although mediation has become the chosen method of divorce for many couples in California, not everybody understands what is involved in this process. Divorce mediation is an alternative to litigation and a way of ending a marriage at a lower cost and in a shorter period of time.

Child custody: Is it really necessary to draft a parenting plan?

One of the primary concerns of most California parents who consider divorce is likely their children. Although both parents may know that a formal parenting schedule will have to be made as part of the child custody process, the prospect of drafting a binding plan may seem overwhelming. Divorcing parents whose relationship remains amicable may question the need for a parenting schedule. Many of the twists and turns of life cannot be anticipated, and having a basic parenting plan may make it easier to modify the schedule when circumstances change.

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