Child Custody & Visitation in Orange County
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The custody of your child is one of the issues which is frequently contested in family court. Once you and your spouse decide to divorce, you may be concerned about how your relationship with your children will be affected. Many couples both wish to have primary custody or feel that the other spouse should not have the same amount of visitation time as they do.
If you are currently dealing with custody issues during a divorce, it is wise that you speak with an Orange County divorce mediation attorney. Call Alternative Divorce Solutions at (949) 558-2624 to learn how our team can help your family.
Focused on Your Child's Best Interest
At our firm, we understand the emotional struggle and stress that can accompany a divorce, especially when it comes to child custody matters. We strive to protect your child's best interest as well as your own parental rights throughout the divorce process. You may want to consider avoiding litigation and instead work out your disagreements through mediation, as it is often less costly, more private, and may be less stressful.
We can provide you with information on the following child custody matters:
How Is Child Custody Determined?
When the court is making a decision about child custody and putting together a parenting and visitation schedule, they strive to keep your child's best interest in mind. However, they may not always have the same details and information about your family and the reasons you should have custody of your children.
A few factors which may be considered in the decision include:
- Children's' preference (if old enough)
- Parents' relationship with the children
- Past criminal/addiction history
- Financial assets/earning capacity
Creating a Parenting Plan
A requirement in the state of California, a parenting plan is created to address how you and your ex-spouse would like to handle parenting the children (co-parenting). This can be as detailed or as broad as you both like. With litigation, however, you might have to follow a document similar to the Parenting Plan suggested by the Orange County Family Court.
When you put a parenting plan in place, you may want to decide when to revisit the plan to ensure that it is working well for your family. The amount of detail depends on the type of relationship that you have as co-parents. By having a plan in place, you are keeping the courts out of the decision making process, reducing costs and maintaining more of a say as to what is best for your children.
What to consider when developing your parenting plan:
- Decision-making. These may be day-to-day decisions (what your child will eat or wear that day) to major decisions (what school the child will attend, medical procedures, etc). Think about who is going to make these decisions and how the decision will be communicated to the other parent.
- Visitation & residential schedules. Factor in a summer schedule, school schedule, holidays and important events. Where will the child live? A child could live full time with one parent and have scheduled times to visit with the other parent. It is up to the parents to decide what is best for the child.
- Transportation. There needs to be an agreement of who picks up and drops off, unless you are comfortable working through those details on your own.
- Money. Discuss other financial responsibilities such as paying for activities, medical bills or education.
- Medical & dental care. Make sure that these needs are met for your children and discuss how you will make decisions concerning these issues.
- Spiritual development. Some parents want to agree upon how they will raise their children with respect to their faith. Parents may choose to continue to go to the same church, temple or mosque or agree to at least be supportive of the other parent’s desire to expose their children to a particular faith.
- Disagreements. Have a plan in place to address how you will work things out if you disagree with the parenting plan. Mediation is always an option.
Your plan always should focus on the child’s best interests. Having a plan in place improves communication between both parents and provides a more positive experience for your child. It can also reduce the emotional stress when everyone is on the same page and in agreement. Parenting plans can be adjusted in the future to meet your child’s needs. There is no need to go to court to make those changes because mediation can easily help with the process.
Please schedule a free one hour case consultation today by calling us at (949) 558-2624.
During an emotional time in your life, you shouldn’t have to worry about your pocketbook. Our one-time flat fee includes all costs associated with the mediation process.
We focus on non-intrusive solutions and minimize court involvement. This keeps the entire divorce process more confidential and less stressful for everyone involved.
We help you resolve all of the issues a judge would decide, such as asset and debt division, property division, or child custody and support in a peaceful and respectful way.
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