As a parent going through a divorce in the state of California, it is likely that you are dealing with the child custody process for the first time. If this is the case, it is important that you take time to understand the child custody process, learn how key decisions are made by the courts and what are the most common issues known to arise.
When it comes to establishing the custody of the child, a judge’s main goal is reaching a decision based on what is in the best interests of the child. This means that the judge will acknowledge that, in most cases, contact with both parents is in the child’s best interest. In addition, he or she will try to find out what might best suit that particular child.
What are the most common problems that arise during child custody disputes in California?
Most issues that arise in child custody courts have one common cause, and that is lack of communication and understanding between each parent. This can mean that each parent fails to see the solutions that would be in the best interests of their child, and, instead, they become preoccupied with the conflicts between the other biological parent.
Partaking in therapy or mediation could prove to be beneficial in helping the two of you listen to each other and work together as coparents.
Another issue that can arise in establishing a child custody ruling is when each parent lives in a different state with differing laws. If one parent lives in Nevada, Arizona or Oregon, for example, there is an interstate “Full Faith and Credit” law that may need to be adhered to.
In a similar light, the issue of relocation can be a very big problem, especially in today’s world when international relocation is becoming more common. A biological parent may need to have permission from the courts to relocate one’s child if the child is under joint custody.
If you are anticipating a child custody petition in the coming months in California, it is important that you take action in good time to ensure that you are well-prepared.