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Could your old-style parenting put your visitation at risk?

California can be somewhat restrictive when it comes to awarding grandparents the right to visitations with their grandchildren -- parents have a lot of control over the issue and the court examines the relationship carefully to see if visitation is really in the best interests of the children involved.

Consequently, the last thing that you want to do, if you're a grandparent who is fighting for that right to gain unsupervised visitation with your grandchildren is put them -- and your case -- in jeopardy due to outmoded parenting methods.

Understanding community property vs. separate property

If you are concerned about the property you could potentially lose in your divorce, you are not alone.

California is a community property state, and while the law calls for an equal division of community property when two people get divorced, the meaning of "equal" is often the subject of dispute and divorce litigation.

Don't let yourself get mixed up in a divorce muddle-up

A former Hollywood favorite -- Ben Vereen, one of the stars of the iconic miniseries "Roots" -- has found himself in the middle of a divorce mix-up.

As a result, he now has to pay $10,000 to a long-divorced spouse to help with her legal fees.

How does joint custody work?

Creating a parenting plan is a crucial step for parents going through divorce or separating. In general, parents can agree on custody arrangements outside of court, or if agreement cannot be reached, the parents can ask the court to rule on these matters. Whatever your situation may be, it is important to be aware of your custody options.

Joint custody is a common type of custody plan that allows both parents regular access to the children while also clearly outlining parental rights and responsibilities. However, joint custody does not necessarily mean that time with each parent will be equal, nor does it necessarily mean that the parents will share equal authority in the child's life.

Good reasons for a custody order modification

Existing child custody orders sometimes quit working out for one reason or another. When that happens, it's time to head back to the drawing board with your child's other parent to see if you can work out a new agreement. If you can't, then you may have to head to court to ask the judge for a modification of the previous order.

In order to be successful, it helps to understand exactly what the law requires and what the judge needs to see in order to give you that modification.

High-profile Hollywood couples know how to keep divorces quiet

Ben Stiller and his wife are the latest Hollywood couple to split. Like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie before them, the drama with their divorce was over almost as soon as it started.

That's because high-profile couples all know a little something about the best ways to keep their private family business as private as possible in a world where being a public figure makes that nearly impossible.

Preparing kids for the future by helping them deal with divorce

If you are considering divorce, numerous factors can influence the decision. Perhaps you and your spouse have reached a point where moving in different directions seems to be the best option. The process can be stressful and daunting, especially if kids are involved.

If you have children, you may be wondering how the process will affect them. Kids are often resilient by nature, but such a major life change could be challenging for them to accept. There are certain measures you can take that might help them deal with the news of divorce with less difficulty.

Divorce 'selfies' reflect changing social attitudes

Over the decades, the stigma associated with openly discussing a divorce has distinctly faded. It was also fairly inevitable that folks would start to memorialize their divorces on their social media pages -- which many people use as a way of both recording important events and seeking emotional support from friends, relatives and acquaintances.

But who would have predicted that the divorce "selfie," not just acknowledging the event but celebrating it, would suddenly become a trend?

Battling the bully: Dealing with a bullying spouse

Bullies exist in all areas of human interaction -- including marriage. Men and women alike can find themselves married to a bully who undermines their confidence, destroys their self-esteem and makes them dread getting up in the morning.

What can you do if you're married to a bully?

What is your situation?

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