From the moment they are born, children are dependent upon their parents in many ways. As they get older, some of the costs associated with child care and support rise exponentially. In general, California's parents will act in the best interest of a child, but some parents may become uncooperative in the wake of a divorce. The child is the one who suffers most if there are protracted disputes over child support.
Everyone is accustomed to hearing the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD in relation to service personnel who have been subjected to the horrors of war, but most people think that this is the only circumstance in which it raises its ugly head. PTSD is actually a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of any life-threatening event. Apart from military combat, this could also mean natural disasters, terrorist incidents or serious accidents. In California, there are several centers and programs to treat this debilitating condition; however, many people are suffering from it without realizing that it could be a result of varying types of non-physical abuse within their relationships.
There is no doubt that the life of a single parent can be difficult and fraught, but if both parents continue to take an active role in bringing up their children post-divorce, then it need not be. In California, a judge will not usually make a decision about custody and visitation until after the parents have met with a mediator from Family Court Services, but it is preferable for the parents themselves to come up with a parenting plan on which they both agree. In this manner, the best interest of the child may be served.
A marriage can break down for a variety of reasons. Citing domestic violence or a betrayal of trust may be common, but whatever the reason, alcohol is often a factor in some way. In particular, a difference in drinking patterns -- or in attitudes toward alcohol generally -- may contribute more to reasons for divorce than people realize. This theory has been given some weight due to a recent study conducted by a leading university, and the findings could well apply to California marriages.
Divorce once had a stigma attached to it, and was considered 'socially unacceptable' to many. It's likely that back in those days there were abusive marriages where people either didn't suspect, put on a brave face or simply ignored it. These days no one needs to tolerate a situation they find unbearable, especially where domestic violence is present. Something which may help victims to feel more secure is a new California law that came into force on Jan. 1, which enables victims to break tenancy leases without financial cost.