Despite the fact that many California residents recognize the benefits of having both parents involved in their children's lives, in many cases, this is unfortunately not the best child custody option for families. For instance, in some cases, abuse between the parents or even between parent and child may make unrestricted visits a terrible idea for lots of reasons. In other cases, even if a parent is not abusive, things like drug use, untreated mental illnesses, absence or other factors may make parenting time a challenge that must be addressed with the utmost care and concern for the feelings and well-being of the children involved.
A child custody decision is one of the most important and difficult decisions that an Orange County, California, court can make. After all, usually both parents of the child are "good" parents who love their kids very much, but need a judge to resolve the disagreements between them.
A previous post on this blog discussed how, in the vast majority of case, law enforcement authorities are not going to be able to help a parent who is in the midst of an ugly child custody or parenting dispute and who now needs legal help just to be able to see their child when they are supposed to.
It is unfortunate reality that many couples, for many different reasons, have ongoing conflict after they separate. This conflict may spill over in to issues about their children and, in the worst cases, the end result could be a parent taking matters in to their own hands by depriving the other parent their rightful custody and visitation.
It is both good news and bad news for Orange County parents that there is really no such thing as a permanent child custody and parenting time arrangement.
A previous post on this blog talked about the role a guardian ad litem has in a child custody case in Orange, California. This blog has also previously reported on mediators, who are third parties that help parents and their attorneys resolve their custody disputes over custody or parenting time outside of court.
Orange County, California, custody disputes can be difficult. For one, even the best of intentioned parents may find it difficult to agree on how to resolve their case, as it is difficult to divide a child the way one would money or even a piece of property. In other cases, there are very sensitive issues like child abuse or domestic violence in play. Finally, there are some situations, such as when a child has some special needs, where it just makes sense for a child to have someone on their side representing their interests in custody litigation.
A recent post on this blog discussed how many California courts will encourage, or even require, medication when parents in the Stockton are having a child custody or parenting time dispute. While not appropriate in all cases, mediation is often good in the sense that it encourages parents to come to agreements about their children, which usually benefits the kids long-term.
Many people in Orange County have often heard that it is always better for parents wo are not living together to work out their visitations involving child custody and parenting time outside of court if at all possible. Parents who are able to get along on issues involving their kids give their children a greater sense of stability.
Moving is just part of life for many Orange County residents. Whether it is some sort of a military service, a necessary change in jobs or professions or even just an urgent family situation, people often find themselves having to leave Orange County to go somewhere else in the state or, in many cases, having to move out of California altogether.