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How Divorce Mediation Can Help Resolve Child Custody Disputes

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Los Gatos, CA family law attorney for divorce mediationThe divorce process can be difficult to navigate, especially if you and your spouse have children together. Having challenging conversations with your children regarding the end of your marriage and resolving disputes over child custody can make a process that is already emotionally turbulent even more stressful. However, not every divorce has to come down to a hostile or aggressive battle in the courtroom. If you are willing and able to work together with your spouse to find solutions that will foster a healthy lifestyle for your child, you may want to consider divorce mediation as an alternative to litigation. 

Child Custody in California 

In the state of California, child custody is broken down into two primary forms: legal and physical custody. Legal custody provides a parent with the authority to be a part of important life decisions about matters such as children’s medical care and education. Physical custody refers to the child’s living situation, including where they will primarily reside and the amount of time they will spend with each parent. 

According to California state law, the protection of children’s health and welfare will be the court’s top priority when addressing child custody. It should also be noted that the state of California firmly believes that a child’s mental and emotional health can benefit from continued contact with both parents. The state will give both parties ample opportunities to establish a custody agreement on their own or through divorce mediation. If an agreement cannot be reached, a judge will make decisions about legal and physical custody. 

Benefits of Mediation When Addressing Child Custody 

Divorce mediation can provide a number of benefits, and it can often allow couples to resolve their divorce disputes efficiently and in a cost-effective manner. When addressing child custody, mediation can help you establish a cooperative relationship with your children’s other parent that will allow the two of you to work together effectively following your divorce. During the mediation process, you and your spouse can sit down and discuss the best options for your children, and this can help you reach an agreement that will fit your respective work schedules and lifestyles. Perhaps most importantly, by reaching agreements through mediation, you can avoid a court battle that could cause significant stress and emotional trauma for everyone involved. 

Contact a Los Gatos, California Divorce Mediation Lawyer

The divorce process will always come with some challenges, but it does not have to be hostile. Attorney Benita Ventresca has years of experience helping her clients through the divorce process, and she will work with you to use mediation or other methods that will allow you to finalize your divorce in a constructive manner. To learn more about how we can help you complete your divorce successfully, contact a Los Gatos divorce attorney today at 408-395-8822. 

Sources:

https://www.courts.ca.gov/17975.htm?rdeLocaleAttr=en

 

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