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CA family lawyerThe holiday season is around the corner, and families with divorced parents may find it difficult to split time with their children. While this is understandable, it is important to follow the custody plan in place and to make the most of the time you have with your children. Here are five tips to keep in mind as the holidays approach.

Put the children first: Holidays can be a time when many great memories are formed for children. Instead of worrying about why your ex was 10 minutes late to drop off the children or whether a new love interest of your ex’s will be at a holiday event, focus on what you can do to make the holidays a joyous time for your children. If it is possible, you may want to try to do some activity with your children and ex.

Be patient and understanding: The holidays are hard on divorced parents because part of the time, they will be away from their children. Remember that when you have the children, your ex does not and he or she probably misses them greatly. This can be a lonely time, especially if it is your first year divorced or if other family is not nearby. Try to keep these dynamics in mind when interacting with your ex.

In addition, it is important to be patient with your children, who are going through a big transition. It may be hard to hear, “I’d rather be with Dad,” but these feelings will pass with time.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_parents.jpgThe birth of a child is one of the most exciting experiences in a parent’s life. Many decades ago, unmarried parenthood was a major cause for concern on society. Today, more and more parents are avoiding marriage altogether and still looking forward to having children. Their attitudes toward parenthood are about the same as before, but their attitudes toward marriage have changed significantly.

Parenthood and Its Effect on Millennials

Several years ago, a young couple who found out they were expecting a child would have worked quickly to get married, as most couples were married by the time they had their first child. Now, in today’s society, having a child without getting married is not viewed as bad. Many couples today see having a child out of wedlock as an advantage.

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child custody orders, child custody modification,  visitation order, San Jose child custody lawyer,  California family lawIf you have a custody or visitation order in place, you may wonder how the order can be modified by either parent. In practice, child custody orders cannot always be easily modified, especially if they are recent.

However, California law does allow for modifications under certain circumstances. It is best to seek legal counsel to determine if your situation will qualify for a modification.

How Soon Can You Request a Change?

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San Jose father’s rights attorney, American fathers, father’s rights, parenting time, San Jose child custody attorneyA recent study of American dads reveals that a father’s role has greatly expanded over the course of the last few decades. In addition, the study showed that fathers believed that being a parent was central to their identity.

However, the study also reported that many viewed women as being the better-equipped gender to rear children. Studies like this underscore the need for zealous advocacy for father’s rights so that the custody arrangement ordered by the courts is consistent with the reality of how families operate today.

Findings Made by the Study

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San Jose child custody attorney, parental responsibility proceedingsIn parental responsibility proceedings, which are also called child custody hearings, children may make it known to parents what their preferences are as to where they want to live and how often they wish to see each parent.

If your child has opinions on this issue, a judge will consider the child’s wishes; however, the child does not have the ultimate say.

Illinois Law on a Child’s Preferences

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