Child custody concerns can be a serious factor in many divorces which can be further complicated by life changes following divorce as the child continues to grow and develop. The family law process provides flexible resources to help parents and families negotiate to reach child custody and visitation arrangements and also help them amicably arrive at solutions when the need to modify a child custody arrangement arises.
Child custody decisions in California are based on what is in the best interests of the children. The presumption is that joint custody and a relationship with both parents is in the best interests of the child. The court will look to how parenting was handled prior to the divorce and the physical and logistical viability of any child custody and visitation plan. The individual needs and circumstances of the child will also be evaluated to determine what is in the best interests of the child.
Child custody disputes can arise in a variety of circumstances, including between same-sex parents. The family law process also provides resources to help guide parents through modifications to a child custody or visitation agreement and the child grows up and their needs may change. Based on the circumstances, it may be possible to modify a child custody order. The family law process also provides different resources to address the concerns of parents and families which can include mediation to resolve concerns.
Child custody concerns, and what is in the best interests of the child, are a high priority in any divorce or family law situation. In the best situations, parents are familiar with how child custody decisions are determined which can help create a smooth child custody process for everyone involved.