When couples divorce, it can be difficult for children to adjust to the change in family arrangements. For a California parent, being separated from his or her child or children may be far more distressing than being separated from his or her spouse. As a result, child custody issues can potentially be some of the most contentious. In some cases, a non-custodial parent may resort to extreme measures in an attempt to overturn court rulings.
Everyone has heard of how nasty divorces have the potential to negatively impact children; however, all divorces do not have to be so severe. When making negotiations on child custody, the child's best interest now and in the future should always be first on the parents' minds. To help reduce the potentially negative impact of divorce on the children, there are some steps California parents can take to make the transition smoother as well as benefit the children in the future.