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Is mediation appropriate for child custody disputes?

Fighting with an ex over every small detail of a divorce might seem like the normal thing to do, but in fact many divorcing couples do quite the opposite. By using mediation it is possible to have a non-adversarial divorce in which a couple can resolve problems outside of court. Mediation is for more than just property division and alimony, too. Many parents in California have successfully addressed child custody matters during mediation.

Addressing child custody in California

For parents, there is usually one thing that takes precedence above all other matters during divorce -- their children. California state law addresses how parents should handle child custody, including what should be included in a parenting plan. California is also compliant with the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, which fosters and promotes legal cooperation in regard to interstate child custody matters.

How does my move affect child custody?

Parents have a lot on their minds when going through divorce, but throughout the process they usually keep their main focus on their children. As a parent yourself, this means that getting the right child custody order is one of your top priorities. However, certain factors -- such as one parent moving out of state -- can affect the outcome of the agreement.

Negotiating child custody outside of court

Divorce is a difficult process for children. Aside from seeing their parents separate, some end up as pawns in ongoing custody disputes. Not only is a battle over child custody costly and time-consuming for parents, it can be a traumatizing experience for children. This is why many California parents prefer to create a parenting plan outside of court.

Tax implications of child custody

California parents typically understand how important it is to respect their children's best interests during divorce. However, these same parents often end up overlooking their own financial interests in the process. Things like child custody can significantly impact future taxes. While taxes should not be a driving force for any given custody arrangement, parents should still understand how their taxes might look.

Establishing paternity is essential for child custody matters

It is not uncommon for unmarried couples in California to have children. While this situation works well for many parents, it can be difficult for some fathers to get time with their children. Establishing paternity is often the first step toward getting a child custody agreement that reflects the child's best interests, which usually involves having access to both of their parents.

What you need to know about the different types of child custody

California parents put an enormous amount of thought and consideration when making decisions that will affect their children. Because of this, many divorcing parents spend a significant amount of time weighing the benefits of divorce before actually filing. One of the biggest topics parents tend to consider is that of child custody. Despite being used as a catchall term in popular media, there are several distinct forms of custody.

Bethenny Frankel seeks modification of current child custody plan

Divorcing parents in California often strive to find the right balance for their children after divorce. This is increasingly resembling joint and shared custody situations, though these forms of child custody are not appropriate for everyone. In some cases, maintaining a primary caretaker with the other parent taking on more limited parenting time is a better solution. However, television personality Bethenny Frankel does not believe that any of these options are best for her children.

Worried about co-parenting during child custody? Don't be

California parents have plenty to worry about during divorce, which can lead to serious tensions. From figuring out property division to settling on the right amount for child support, there are plenty of opportunities for emotional turmoil to take control. When issues are bad enough, some parents may even begin to question whether they are making the right choices regarding child custody. While it is normal to worry about children's well-being, evidence demonstrates that children still fare well when their parents' co-parenting relationship is not wholly cooperative.

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