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.
The holiday season is upon us, but this joyous time can also be fraught with tension. Even the happiest of families may experience some measure of stress, as the pressure to create the perfect celebration mounts. California residents who are going through a divorce may feel that they are treading a very fine line between what they feel is in the best interest of the child and what their estranged spouse believes is best. This may relate to such matters as the giving of gifts or visitation times.
The holiday season is a time that is usually full of happy anticipation. For a child whose parents are going through a divorce, it can be less enjoyable, and he or she may find it difficult to cope. This may be made worse if a parent decides to absent himself or herself from the child's life. Residents of California may also find it difficult to cope with the problems associated with an unsupportive spouse, when seeking to do that which is in the best interest of the child.
After parents divorce, their children's well-being is usually at the forefront of their minds. When it comes to matters of custody and visitation litigation, it is most often the case that one parent, usually but not always the mother, will have primary custody, with the other parent being granted very limited access. Some are now questioning whether this is in the best interests of children in California, or if is it a detrimental act which alienates children from the non-custodial parent.
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.