Having children can change the way that a Stockton couple may approach its divorce. Without kids, a couple may look for an efficient way to end the marriage. With kids, however, the couple may find that its desire for efficiency is trumped by the need to engage in careful and sometimes lengthy negotiations over the kids' well-being.
Earlier this year, this Stockton family law blog examined the benefits and drawbacks of sole custody arrangements of children. In some scenarios, it can serve a child's best interests if only one of his parents is making decisions about his or her upbringing and is only living out of one home. However, other family situations favor joint child custody arrangements. In a joint custody plan, parents can share the decision-making power and physical custody of their kids.
Coming up with an acceptable child custody schedule can be an incredible challenge for San Joaquin County parents. With so many factors to consider, including the best interests of the child subject to the schedule, it is inevitable that in many custody situations, both parents will have to make concessions. When a parent refuses to accommodate the needs of others or otherwise ignores the mandates of a child custody order or agreement, legal remedies exist that can compel compliance.
Custody battles are an unfortunate part of some divorces and family law disputes. Stockton families that are forced to break up due to the dissolutions of the parents' relationships often must face challenging arrangements that pull kids from one household to another in their post-separation lives. These arrangements can pit parents against each other with regard to decisions concerning the children's upbringings. Due to these challenges, some parents look to gain sole custody of their children.
It is not uncommon for Stockton couples to come to mutual understandings that the ends of their marriages have arrived. Though some partnerships truly last until one member of the relationship passes away, others decide that the lives they once lived have sufficiently changed to warrant ending their legal bonds. Divorce mediation is often a good option for partners whose marriages end in non-hostile, non-confrontational ways.
When the parents of a child go through a divorce they often must establish the rules governing each parent's time with their child. Family law courts throughout California can help parents establish these rules and may even issue orders related to custody matters. As prior blog posts on this site have mentioned, child custody may encompass the legal and physical control of a child. An important part of physical custody is visitation for non-custodial parents and visitation may be mandated and ordered in a child custody case.
When Stockton couples decide to divorce they may experience some unpleasant byproducts of the legal process. First, they can find themselves at the mercy of the courts and struggling to have their divorce legal matters heard in what they feel is a timely fashion. Second, they may feel frustration over the many unknown outcomes over which they have no control due to the courts' power to adjudicate litigated divorces.
Time has the power to heal some problems but, unfortunately, not all life issues can be resolved by waiting them out. When California couples decide to end their marriages, they often want to bring about the ends of their relationships without any extra delay. For those who choose divorce mediation, there can be a desire to try and address every possible divorce issue during a couple's first mediation session.
Thanksgiving has come and gone and now California families are finalizing their plans for the winter holiday season. Many will travel to be near loved ones while others will stay home and enjoy local festivities. Some individuals will find themselves alone during this special time of year despite their desire to be with individuals they love.
Most California parents who share their kids with former partners or spouses strictly follow their child custody schedules. Often times those schedules are mandated by family law courts and carry with them significant penalties when their terms are violated. While some parents like having specific guidelines governing their rights and visitation timetables with their kids, others prefer loose arrangements with more flexibility.