You probably already know this, but divorce can bring out many negative qualities in all involved parties. The intense emotions that typically accompany child custody proceedings, in particular, can make people behave out of their usual character. In most cases, each parent wants to make sure they get their fair share of time with the children, but unfortunately, this sometimes leads to an all-out custody battle.
As you might expect, a child custody battle helps no one. It can upset your children and it can damage your case before the court. Sometimes, it is possible to avoid these battles if you educate yourself about the custody process. In addition to providing you with knowledgeable advice on your case, your lawyer can inform you about important issues associated with custody proceedings.
It is also a good idea to start learning about California child custody proceedings on your own as well. A great place to start is by identifying the possible factors that may affect the court’s decisions. Below you will find several examples of such factors.
- Each parent’s work schedule to determine their ability to be there for the kids
- The physical and mental health of each parent
- The custody preferences of the child, depending upon his or her age
- The child custody wishes of each parent
- Whether one or both parents have a history of violence, neglect or abuse
- Whether one or both parents have a history of substance abuse
By understanding how a judge makes his or her child custody decisions, you will probably have a better chance of avoiding any behaviors that could hurt your case. Your divorce attorney can provide you with additional guidance tailored to your unique needs.