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Child Visitation, Child Custody, and Child Support


If you have children it is especially important to note all the special issues regarding your children such as specific schedules, copies of IEPs (Individual Educational Plan) for special needs children, doctors information and reports, school calendars for extra-curricular activities, and more. The tools below are designed to assist you with child custody, visitation, and support issues.

Child Visitation and Child Custody:
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Building A Successful Co-Parenting Plan [PDF] Building A Successful Co-Parenting Plan [PDF] (318 KB)

 The most important document that you will prepare is your parenting plan. When you create an equitable and flexible version of the parenting plan, the possibility of reaching the standard of the best interest of the child is greatly enhanced. This is how you may provide your child with a win-win custody arrangement.
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Children's Holiday Schedule Worksheet [PDF] Children's Holiday Schedule Worksheet [PDF] (55 KB)

The court needs guidance from the parents with regard to what is in the best interest of the children.  Submitting completed worksheets is the first step in child-centered orders.
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Sample Child Custody Schedules Sample Child Custody Schedules (40 KB)

The courts commonly utilize one of these custody schemes if the parents cannot agree to something else.
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Child Custody and Visitation Timeshare Calculator [HTML]
This tool will provide essential information necessary to accurately compute child support obligations based on the timeshare between the parents. 
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44 Factors of a Child Custody Evaluation (Psych Eval) [HTML]
If you've been ordered to undergo a psych eval, or a child custody evaluation, you will want to read these 44 factors. These are the items that a child custody evaluator will look for and analyze during the evaluation.
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The Role of a PPC - Parenting Plan Coordinator [HTML]

Parenting Plan Coordinator (PPC) is the delegation of the courts authority to handle minor issues such as disputes over days of the week, times of drop off, where to drop off, issues regarding clothing, extracurricular activities, etc. It has positives and negatives. It can be expensive if the parties are still fighting heavily and you could get a bad PPC.  In a fairly equal playing field, PPCs  can settle a lot of issues without the cost of going to court, saving you money and time.  

Child Support:
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Facts About Child Support [HTML]
This page lists important facts and information about child support.

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Support Log [PDF] Support Log [PDF] (244 KB)

Keeping a log to document child support - whether you are paying it or receiving it - is crucial to your case. 
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California Laws Regarding Child Support
California law states that the father and mother of a minor child have an equal responsibility to support their child in the manner suitable to the child's circumstances.  

Family Code Sections 3900-3901 [HTML]
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California Guideline Child Support Calculator [HTML]
California law requires courts to adhere to statewide uniform guidelines in setting child support orders. The Payment Estimator applies the statewide uniform guideline calculation to the information that you enter into the blank fields. 
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