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Understanding the "best interests of the child"

For divorcing couples with minor children, the "best interests of the child" is perhaps the most dominant concept in the entire divorce. California law makes child custody, child visitation and child support dependent upon how the best interests of the child will be affected by decisions resolving these issues. A single blog post is inadequate to fully analyze the tests used by California courts, but an overview may be helpful to those considering a divorce.

How to create a joint parenting plan in California

Most California divorce professionals, from judges to lawyers to social workers, believe that children fare better in a divorce if the parents can cooperate in resolving issues such as custody, child support, decision making and visitation. The straightest path to such an outcome is the preparation of a parenting plan that is signed by both parties and approved by the court.

Grandparents have visitation rights in California

A minor child's grandparents can easily become the forgotten party in a divorce, especially if the divorce entails animosity between the divorcing spouses. Grandparents often form close emotional bonds with their grandchildren, and a court's award of child custody to the spouse that is not the offspring of the grandparents can put deep strains on these relationships. The California legislature has acknowledged this fact by giving divorce courts the power to grant reasonable visitation rights to grandparents of minor children.

Understanding California law on supervised visitation

Many parents in Sacramento who have gone through a divorce have learned that the emotional turmoil doesn't always end when the judge signs the decree dissolving the marriage. For couples with children, the emotional aftermath of a divorce can be painful and disruptive, especially if one parent believes that the children are not safe in the unsupervised custody of the other parent. To resolve problems with child custody and visitation, courts often order supervised visitation.

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