A custody dispute over a child in California can be resolved with the help of the Family Dispute Resolution Program. The FDR at the Center for Families, Children & the Courts assists, trains, supports and consults with court programs and also serves families in order to reach a quicker resolution to a custody dispute. This process of family dispute resolution through mediation is free of cost and alleviates the pain and trauma related to such disputes. The goal of the process is to reach an agreement that is in the best interests of the child.
Historically speaking, the U.S. judicial system was, at one time, usually siding with the mothers during child custody battles. Over the years, as various gender stereotypes have been rejected in favor of a more equitable mode of parenting, family law courts also began to give more recognition to fathers' rights in matters of child custody.
Getting a divorce is complicated in itself, both financially and emotionally, but things can get even more complex if a divorcing couple has children. Things like visitation schedules and child custody agreements can be very difficult to discuss, but there are ways divorced couples can cope with joint custody agreements and ultimately raise happy, healthy children.