Are there parenting time preferences in a San Diego divorce case involving child custody? Does the Court favor either the father or the mother? Historically, many people believed the mother had an advantage when it came to decisions regarding child custody and parenting time orders. This is no longer the case and while the Judge has a variety of factors they must consider in these cases, the primary and central focus of the Court is the “best interests of the child(ren).”
Most studies have revealed that it is in the best interest of a child for parents to share custody and parenting time in a joint manner. There are as many potential schedules are there are custody and parenting time cases in San Diego. If proper parental care and support for each child is established the Court should give no preference to either party based on their gender identity.
When evaluating parenting time preferences in a San Diego divorce the Court will consider a variety of factors relating to the status quo and the existing patterns regarding education, health care, extra-curricular activities and overall life of each child. Most cases involve some sort of shared parenting arrangement. The Court requires detailed information regarding all aspects of a parenting plan. This is why it is important to work with the experienced Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq.
While there may be no parenting time preferences with regard to the mother or the father the Court is looking for a stable, consistent, caring and supportive environment for each child.
If primary custody is to be given to one of the parents the Court will want to ensure continuing, frequent contact and quality time with the non-custodial parent. This is also considered to be in the best interests of any child.
The Court is always going to weigh concerning behaviors including criminal activity, the presence of domestic violence, abuse or neglect, drug or alcohol dependency and the residences of each parent as well as their ability to provide consistent parenting.
Each client has their own goals when it comes to child custody and parenting time cases. We work to protect the interests and objectives of our clients and the best interests of the child(ren).