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Category Archives: Parenting Plan


Does Child Support Cover Lessons and Activities for My Child?

Basic child support in California is meant to cover a wide range of expenses that come along with raising a child, from food and clothing to medical care and small living expenses. There is no set list of things child support can go towards because raising a child is simply not that cut and dry. Read More>

Do We Have to Agree on Who the Nanny Is?

One of the more common issues relevant to modern day families with two busy parents is the issue of childcare. Ideally, you should both agree on any childcare providers that will take care of your child. Read More>

Can I See My Kids Outside of My Designated Parenting Time?

The timesharing schedule puts in effect a plan for when and where you will spend time with your child. Although your child’s time may be divided up between you and the other parent, the timesharing schedule does not prevent you from trying to spend time with your child outside of you designated residential time. Read More>

How Will My Divorce Affect My Children?

It should come to no surprise that your children might be affected by your divorce. How the divorce will affect your children will vary based on the circumstances, however by looking at the key changes in your child’s life, you can identify the areas they may be struggling with. Read More>

How to Co-Parent in the Age of iPads

Co-parenting is likely one of the biggest challenges you will face post-divorce. You will be encouraged by California family law courts to facilitate your child having a close and meaningful relationship with their other parent and to craft a parenting plan that works for your family. Recently, technology has provided us means to better facilitate quality visitation time for your child and their other parent, despite these challenges of modern day life. Read More>

How Do I Incorporate School Breaks into the Timesharing Schedule?

As part of your general parenting plan for co-parenting after the divorce, you and your spouse will have to develop a timesharing schedule, also called residential or visitation schedule or agreement, that essentially schedules your child’s residential time. In this timesharing schedule, day-to-day residential arrangements for the school year will be outlined in detail, as will arrangements for when your child is on break from school. Read More>

Should My Child Have a Say in the Timesharing Schedule?

California family law courts take it as their priority in a divorce to ensure your child’s best interests are looked out for. A parent’s responsibility for a child is a legal obligation they have until that child turns 18, regardless of whether or not they live with that parent all of the time. For this reason, child support is ordered and a parenting plan must be entered in every case where minor children are involved. Read More>

What Will Happen to My Residential Time if I Move Overseas?

Even though you may have court orders that outline when and where you should be spending time with your child, eventually down the road you may no longer be able to accommodate this schedule, through no fault of your own. Today, moving overseas temporarily or permanently for your career is a common occurrence in some industries. Read More>

The Benefits of Residential Time

The benefits of spending time with your child are plenty and obvious. An equally shared residential schedule is what is best for your child and their normal development. Read More>

Tax Breaks for Parents: What You Can Expect After Divorce?

One of the many things that will change after divorce is your taxes. You will have a separate filing status and may be in significantly different financial circumstance. One thing that can change is your dependency exemptions. There are many tax breaks for parents. Read More>

Who’s the Father?: How Paternity is Established

Today, families come in many shapes and sizes. Families can begin and grow before a marriage and not all mothers and fathers are meant to be together. In these cases, you may have to establish paternity to gain certain benefits for your child. Read More>

Managing a Demanding Work Schedule with Joint Custody

It is important you exercise your timesharing rights and have to accommodate the other parent’s schedule as well. After agreeing upon a timesharing schedule in your Parenting Plan, the family law courts will enforce it and hold each parent to “making it work”. Read More>

Can I Move for a New Job and Still Exercise My Visitation?

As a co-parent, you need to carefully consider the effects any big changes may have on your family. Moving for a job that will take you further away from your child can pose special problems that may need to be dealt with in court. Read More>

How Will Work Travel Affect My Visitation Schedule?

Generally, a timesharing schedules will consider each parent’s work schedule and reflect the percentage of time each parent will spend with the child. If you have to frequently travel for your job, take this into consideration when drafting up your parenting plan. Read More>

Parenting Agreements 101

If you are divorcing and you have children, you have an important decision ahead of you: putting your children before spousal disagreements, rather than forcing a court to decide how you’ll continue to parent together. At Fernandez & Karney, our Read More>

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