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California Child Custody Procedure and Development of Court Orders
The parties may - and are encouraged to - enter into a written stipulation (agreement) on custody issues. If the parties cannot agree, custody orders may be made at any time after the filing of an underlying divorce, paternity, or domestic violence action and may be modified at any time until the child(ren) turn eighteen. In contested cases, they are most commonly made:
Modification Of California Child Custody Orders
Child custody orders may be modified at any time before they terminate as long as the party moving for the modification can show that there has been a change in circumstances affecting the welfare of the child(ren) since the last order. Such changes in circumstances include (but are by no means limited to):
The California court may award alimony/spousal support to either spouse in any amount for any period of time that it deems just and reasonable based on the standard of living during the marriage. The amount of alimony/spousal support and the duration will vary significantly from case-to-case and is often dependent upon the division of property.
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