Custody rules are designed to protect the health, well-being and best interests of the child and for the child to grow and maintain their relationship with both parents. Ideally, both parents might have an equitable visitation schedule.

However, sometimes, the court may perceive that one of the parents may come with risks that require more protection for the child. In such cases, the court will sometimes require that visitation by one parent be supervised by a third party.

Picture this.

Your divorce is settled and done, and as you rebuild your life, you discover a horrifying secret—your ex-spouse hid significant assets from you during the divorce! You had a legal right to claim a portion of those assets, which could have changed your entire divorce agreement!

But the divorce is over and done. What do you do now?

It's not too late. California Family Code section 2556 provides a legal remedy, and the penalty to the spouse who hid the assets can be severe. 

Proving what is in the best interest of your child is crucial in determining which parent gets legal and physical custody and how visitation schedules will sort out. In addition to your solid arguments and evidence, should you bring in an expert to bolster your case? In some cases, yes.

California is a community property state, meaning any debt acquired during a marriage must be equally divided between the spouses upon a divorce. So regardless of any agreement you may have made in your divorce decree, there is always the possibility that your ex won't pay their fair share of your joint debt—and that can be a big problem.

So, what do you do?

I have seen the dilemma that parents face all the time. They need to hire a lawyer to navigate the complicated legal system to file for custody, but they lack the funds or resources to get it going. Unfortunately, it happens all too often – thousands of people make too much money to qualify for legal aid, yet not enough money to hire an attorney to help them file for custody.

Luckily, there is an attractive option.

As more people invest in cryptocurrency, I often get asked about how to handle this digital currency during a divorce. As with anything of value, cryptocurrency has a specific set of rules according to the court.

Many people think they have a general idea of how custody and visitation work. For example, it's a common misconception that grandparents are entitled to visitation. From the point of view of California law, they are not.

However, there are certain circumstances when grandparents can petition the court for visitation.

I often need to clear up misconceptions from many people about how divorce actually works. Often, these mistaken beliefs are gleaned from television and films or from stories people have heard through the grapevine. Below, are some common misunderstandings about divorce.