There are certain circumstances in which someone other than a child's parent might obtain legal and physical custody over a child-or in other words, obtain guardianship of the child. This means that this adult will care for the child just as a parent would, provide all of the child's everyday necessities (such as shelter, food and clothing) and make important decisions concerning the child's life and wellbeing (such as decisions about medical care and education). This type of guardianship is referred to as "guardianship of the person."
Many divorces result in one parent having primary custody of his or her child and the other parent having visitation rights. While the court generally attempts to respect parents' rights to see their children and spend time with them, certain restrictions on visitation will be imposed if believed to be in the best interests of the child. One example of this is when the court orders monitored visitation. When this happens, someone appointed or approved by the court is required to be present when the visits between the parent and child occur.
Experts in their respective fields contributed chapters to a book titled Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in California, 2013 ed. The list of those writing the book included both powerful figures and industry leaders. Pasadena family lawyer, Mark B. Baer, was approached to write a chapter for this volume. He was honored to be considered alongside these prestigious people. Mr. Baer has been published often, in print and in online media, as his innovative approach to family law is widely respected. For several years, he has contributed to the bimonthly newsletter of the San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association. To be asked to work with these other writers is a credit not only to his expertise in all aspects of family law, but also to the positive changes he is working toward in his practice.
Currently, there is a loophole in California law that allows individuals to seek spousal support even after they are convicted for sexually abusing their children or their spouses' children. After a CBS2 news story brought light to this issue, a California legislator is now proposing a Bill that aims to close that loophole, CBS recently reported.