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Child Custody

Steven E. Springer

Understanding Visitation Rights in California

In the state of California, courts try to ensure that each parent is involved in the lives of their children as much as possible. However, the primary focus will always be on what’s in the best interest of the child. As such, issues can arise that affect visitation rights. For this reason, it is important to consult with an experienced family law attorney in San Jose, California.

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Steven E. Springer

Can I Get Custody If I Cheated?

When it comes to child custody in a divorce case, there are no explicit legal consequences of committing adultery in California. As such, a custody battle can become complex, involving a wide range of considerations, none of which have to do with cheating.

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Steven E. Springer

Relocation with Children after Divorce

In the American population, it is very common for families to move. It is highly unlikely that you will spend your entire life in same town that you were born in. In the 2010 census, it was shown that only 59 perenct of the population still lived in the same state even that they were born in. So what happens to these families after a divorce happens? With a high mobility rate accompanied by a high divorce rate, there must be a resolution that all of these families have discovered. How does divorce affect relocation?

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Grandparent Visitation Rights

In the realm of visitation disputes, spouses are often more focused on the rights of the biological parents. However, in a growing number of cases, grandparents more than any other family member group are requesting to have their visitation rights considered. This may be a good thing, because after all as the old adage says, it takes a village to raise a child. However, this leaves to question all of the specifics of grandparent visitation rights.

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Court Rules that Men Can Participate in California’s Alternative Custody Program

In 2011, responding to concerns about the high number of minor children whose parents were serving prison sentences, California lawmakers instituted the Alternative Custody Program (ACP) to help foster family reunification. The program provides alternative custody arrangements for inmates who have dependent children. It allows eligible inmates to spend the last two years of their sentence outside of the prison in closer proximity to their children. A California District Court broadened the reach of the program even further in a recently decided case.

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Steven E. Springer

Frozen Embryos: Who Gets Custody?

Determining child custody is an obvious part of any divorce case involving minor children. However, what happens when the children are not yet, and may never be, born? On July 13, the San Francisco Superior Court began hearing arguments in a trial with potentially groundbreaking legal implications involving the issue of custody rights over frozen embryos during divorce proceedings.

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Steven E. Springer

Parenting Plans in California

When parents divorce or separate, one of the most important decisions they must make is how to raise their children. In California, divorced or separated parents use a parenting plan, also known as a custody and visitation agreement or time-share plan, which specifies the parents’ rights and duties in co-parenting.

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Steven E. Springer

Guardianship/Conservatorship Attorney

If you are concerned about the health, safety and welfare of a loved one, you may be in a position to make his or her life more secure. If you feel comfortable with the idea of assuming legal authority over a minor or a vulnerable adult, and believe that person would benefit from your assistance, we can help. The Law Offices of Steven E. Springer assists clients throughout Santa Clara and Alameda counties to establish guardianships and conservatorships when such arrangements are necessary for a loved one's protection. With more than 30 years of combined family law practice, our attorneys can provide you with the reliable advice and effective advocacy you need to establish yourself as a guardian or conservator.

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Steven E. Springer

Child Visitation Attorney

The term visitation has long been used to refer to the time a noncustodial parent spends in regularly scheduled appointments with his or her children. The term is a bit of a misnomer because a parent is not a visitor but rather an integral member of the child's family. Child visitation is an important right that is necessary for maintaining a meaningful, loving relationship between parent and child. It's a consideration second only to the health and welfare of the child. At The Law Offices of Steven E. Springer, our family attorneys advocate vigorously on behalf of parents who want and deserve time with their children and on behalf of parents who must oppose visitation by former spouses whose influence could be damaging. With more than 30 years of combined experience, we're ready to manage your visitation dispute to arrive at the best solution for your circumstances.

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