What To Know About Child Custody Mediation In California
Getting a divorce can have an adverse effect on your kid(s) if the situation is not taken care of properly. Child custody mediation gives you an opportunity to resolve any issues you might be having while drawing up a parenting plan for your child. A mediator’s role is to ensure that things are smooth between both parties without having a bad effect on the child. If the parents are ready with a plan, a mediator makes sure that the plan is presented to the court in a written format which can be used for custody and visiting order.
A parenting plan or a custody and visitation agreement is a written agreement stating the amount of time a child will spend with each parent. The parenting plan turns into a court order when it gets signed by both parents. If you are heading for a divorce or have already decided on one, and if you have a child, do take the time out to talk to your partner about the best possible parenting plan. Things like love and care, health, education and rest should be the top priorities for your child.
Plans for children of different ages
Children of different ages react differently to divorce and separation. Some can be too young (<5 years) to fully comprehend the effect. It can lead to sudden emotional outbursts or might fetch no reaction at all. Similarly, for children who are old enough to understand what a divorce means will take it differently. There is no hard and fast rule that you can follow. The only good way to go about this is to make sure your plan does not neglect your child’s need. If they are big, talk to them and tell them your plans. And if possible, give them time to cope up with the entire situation.
California child custody laws
There are different custody laws for different states and California is no different. To summarize, basically what happens is that a child custody attorney will sit down with you and your partner. The attorney will evaluate the case and focus on facts like family history, child abuse or neglect and your relationship with your child. Things like health, safety, education and welfare is considered and after a thorough investigation a decision will be taken.
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