What are some child custody and visitation basics in a San Diego divorce? What do you need to know about child custody and visitation and how will things work in your own case? The first and most important principle to understand is “the best interests of the child.” This is the guiding principle of California Family Law in any case involving a child. The Court begins from this important point of view. It is best for each co-parent to begin with this thought in mind when approaching a conversation, negotiation, mediation or any communications associated with children in a divorce.
There is obviously not a set formula for determining questions of custody or parenting time in California. However, some of the child custody and visitation basics in a San Diego divorce are rooted in several primary factors:
- The age and health of each child
- Existing patterns in the child’s life including school, religious practices, extra-curricular activities
- The support of close family and friends
- The presence of alcohol or drug abuse or addiction and/or domestic violence (past or present)
- The abilities of each potential co-parent to provide a home and care for the needs of each child
The simplest process for the development of child custody and parenting time orders is an agreement between co-parents. This can be reached through a conversation, negotiations or in the process of a mediation. Once an agreement has been reached it must be submitted for the review and approval of the Court.
If the parents are unable to reach an agreement or settlement the matter will be decided by the Court. Child custody cases can become quite contentious, especially when issues such as parental alienation, controlling behavior, dangerous addictions or abuse or personality disorders come into play.
While these are some of the child custody and visitation basics in a San Diego divorce each case is entirely as unique as the children and their parents. This is why it is so important to seek the advice and counsel of the experienced, proven Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq. What concerns you most? What are your goals for child custody and visitation? How will you accomplish them? Protect your own interests and contact us or call 760-434-3330 to schedule an appointment for a remote or socially distanced consultation with one of our experienced Certified Family Law Specialists.