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A look at child custody in California

For California residents who are about to enter into a divorce, there can be many uncertainties weighing heavy on their minds. There are many divorce issues to settle, including alimony, property division and the like. And for divorcing couples with children, these issues can prove to be even more contentious. Especially with children involved, it is not uncommon for there to be a number of disagreements that can quickly become heated. This is why it is often important to devise a strong legal strategy so that the best case scenario can be fought for.

Of course, child custody can be a big consideration when filing for divorce. Some may not know that state laws play a part in child custody cases. In California, there are several factors that courts look at. Of course, the best interests of the child are always the foremost consideration. The courts will also look at the child's health, age and emotional ties, as well as any connections to community and school. Courts will also look to see if there is any history of neglect or abuse with the child.

The procedure of child custody cases in California usually involves a parenting plan. This plan details the child custody arrangement, and should be agreed upon by both divorcing spouses. A court will only accept a child custody parenting plan if it is found that the plan falls within the best interests of the child.

Drafting a plan that is agreeable to both divorcing spouses is not always easy. Sometimes, there can be great disagreements as to with whom the child should stay. Attorney are available to help draft a plan that is in the best interests of the child, as well as the parent.

Source: FindLaw, "California Child Custody Laws," May 9, 2017

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