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Same-sex couples may face discrimination in child custody cases

Same-sex couples in California may have adopted children and many may have biological children through assisted reproduction, but when it comes to child custody disputes, they are still subject to discrimination of a certain kind. Many gay or lesbian residents may have been in a heterosexual partnership before publically acknowledging their homosexuality, so they may face child custody disputes from the partner from the previous relationship.

Divorce mediation -- an amicable way to settle disputes

There may be many couples in California whose marriages are in trouble, and filing for divorce seems to be the best possible option. However, there is no denying the fact that divorce often turns bitter inside and outside of court. The discord may permanently damage the relationship between the couples and it can adversely affect the children. Considering that staying together may not be possible any more, a couple may want to consider divorce mediation in order to arrive at an amicable settlement.

How can parents modify a California child support order?

Child support amounts are determined based on a number of factors, such as the child's educational expenses, medical expenses and everyday expenses. However, as many Alameda County residents might agree, the cost of raising a child can increase over time and that increase will demand a change in the child support amount. Similarly, there may be circumstances under which the non-custodial parent may wish a have the child support amount modified.

Why is it important to file for divorce at an appropriate time?

Divorce can be emotionally stressful and agonizing since it signifies the end of a long relationship. Couples who spent a considerable amount of time together and had been married for a substantially long period need to make many tough decisions before they can be confident in their decision to separate. They need to take care of their finances, division of assets and possibly child custody issues before they can finalize their divorce.

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