Shared Custody Agreements: What to Expect

Shared Custody vs. Sole Custody

When it comes to legal custody, the difference between shared custody and sole custody really comes down to who has the decision-making power. In a sole custody arrangement, one parent makes the decisions. They may (and should) take input from the other parent, but the custodial parent has the final say.

If you have any type of shared legal custody, regardless of your physical custody situation, both parents have equal decision-making power by default. So even if your ex only takes the kids every other weekend, you'll still have to agree on any big...

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Can I Lose Child Custody for Smoking Weed?

What Happens When Weed Finds its Way into Your Divorce

Written By Alexa Steinberg, Esq.

California voters approved adult use cannabis in California and at midnight on November 8, 2016, it was officially legal for Californians, 21 and over to possess and use cannabis. But legal doesn’t mean a free pass. Cities can still restrict marijuana businesses, employers can still impose a zero tolerance pot policy, and courts can and will consider its use in child custody cases. Being informed of the law may keep you from ending up in trouble in the first place. So what happens when weed finds it...

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Types of Child Custody and What They Mean for You

If you and your soon-to-be ex have children together, they're likely to be one of the main focal points of your divorce process. Child custody determinations are often contentious, but they certainly don't have to be. If you're separating on friendly terms, it's possible to come to an agreement with your ex about custody, and even if that doesn't seem likely, being informed about the types of custody can help you know what to expect as you navigate family courts.

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The Pros and Cons of Various Visitation/Custody Arrangements

The term "easy divorce" may seem like an oxymoron, but it is possible to end your marriage without making things difficult for you, your ex or your children. One of the best ways to do this is to keep the custody process — statistically one of the most contentious aspects of divorce — as drama-free as possible. Understanding the pros and cons of the various custody and visitation arrangements is an important first step toward negotiating an arrangement that works for everyone.

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Physical Custody Today – The Art of Sharing

What does child custody look like in a separation/divorce scenario these days?

Obviously, this question must be answered on a case by case basis. Take a look at your kids, their ages, their specific issues and interests. Look at your spouse/co-parent, each of your living situations, career obligations and realistic time commitments.

Many clients come to me even in this day and age with the assumption that shared custody will be like it was when they were growing up; kids with dad every other weekend and one night mid-week for pizza or burgers and drop off before bed. That is so not how...

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