There is a lot you need to know about child custody and parenting time in a San Diego divorce if you have children and are contemplating the end of your marriage. The divorce cannot be completed until the Court approves or establishes a Child Custody and Parenting Time plan in your case.
The first thing you need to know about child custody and parenting time in a San Diego divorce is this:
Child custody and parenting time in California are rooted in what is in the best interest of the child. Ideally, the impact of a divorce on a child is minimized by protecting (as much as possible) the existing rhythms and schedule of each child.
The primary issues associated with child custody and parenting time are legal custody – the right to make decisions regarding the health, education and religious practices of a child – and parenting time. California family law establishes that it is best for a child to spend equal quality time with each parent after the divorce whenever and wherever possible. Your parenting time schedule can be as creative as necessary to serve the best interests of your child while preserving as much of their existing routine as possible.
The second thing you need to know about child custody and parenting time in a San Divorce is:
The cost of your divorce and the time required to complete it are both intricately linked to the amount of disagreement between you and your former spouse, and your ability to work through these challenges to reach an agreement.
This is why the selection of your divorce attorney will have such a powerful impact on the outcome of your case. The experienced Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq have decades of service to North County and San Diego parents in divorce matters and post-decree modification cases.
We help to prepare you for direct negotiations with your former spouse. If the two of you can reach agreement it is almost always what is in the best interests of your child(ren). There will probably be some sticking points along the way where you have significant principled disagreement. Our attorneys work to establish a positive and constructive working relationship with your former spouse and their representative. We are often able to negotiate a resolution which meets with the agreement of each spouse.
Mediation is an excellent alternative for resolving areas of dispute in your marriage, including child custody and parenting time issues. Mediation is confidential and non-combative. It keeps your private business out of the public record while the mediator works to bring the parties together to resolve all or part of the issues on the table.
These are a few of the things you need to know about child custody and parenting time in a San Diego divorce. Each situation is unique and Burke & Domercq is ready to help you to accomplish your goals and objectives in a timely and efficient manner.