Custody cases are difficult at the best of times, but when international law is part of the case, they become even more difficult. That's what's going on in this case with an American mother and Italian child.
When you are a victim of violence, one of the things you want more than anything is to live in a safe environment once again. It's hard to get out of the situation, though, because any move you make may set off the aggressor once again.
Children often have a hard time with divorce. While their parents are focused on their own hurt feelings and the changes that result from separating, their children may be left to handle their emotions on their own.
You and your spouse were always the best of friends, but in the last few months, you've noticed changes. Now, out of the blue, he's seeking a divorce. You don't know why, and frankly, you don't care why. All you know is that they're being unreasonable and that you're concerned that they're going to harm you in every possible way.
No one should have to go through the trauma of violence in the home, but many people deal with it every day. Domestic violence is a true problem in American society, and it can be a roadblock to people who want to leave their relationships.
Grandparents are often worried that their grandchildren won't see them often after a divorce. This is a fair concern, especially if there are disputes between the children's parents or families.
As a father going through a divorce, the last thing you want to see happen is what the media shows so often: fathers who aren't in their children's lives. You want to be part of your children's lives, and you want to be an active, regular part at that.
With any divorce case, the primary concern is the children involved. It's necessary to make sure they're safe and comfortable, even if they are not happy about the changes that are happening.
In the state of California, unmarried fathers aren't automatically considered to be a child's biological parent, even if they're listed on their birth certificate. Instead, they must establish their paternity in order for the state to recognize them as the child's biological parent. This must occur before any visitation, custody or support order can be made by a judge.
In the past, many states' laws treated pets as nothing more than property that should be split up like a house, jewelry or any other asset in a divorce. That will change on Jan. 1, 2019, when Assembly Bill 2274 goes into effect in California though.