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Preparing for child custody negotiations during divorce

For parents in California and elsewhere, making the decision to end a marriage is rarely easy. Even if divorce is the best choice for everyone involved, certain topics could prove difficult to discuss, such as those pertaining to child custody. However, parents who gain an understanding of the issues to address in a parenting plan may find themselves better prepared to pursue an acceptable and amicable agreement during negotiations.

In many cases, kids may benefit the most if they are allowed ample access to both parents. One of the first topics to address concerning shared parenting may include agreements as to how parenting decisions will be handled. This can include decisions concerning education and medical needs. Parents may also find it beneficial to discuss living arrangements and scheduling needs to ensure they are able to provide for the well-being of the kids.

While coming up with an everyday schedule may be essential, parents may also find it advisable to discuss how to handle special occasions such as holidays and vacations. Forming a strategy for these events could help reduce the likelihood of future conflict. As kids grow up, they may become involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, and discussing how to handle transportation and transfers between parents could prove vital.

When facing divorce, parents in California may wish to form a parenting plan that is in keeping with the needs of the kids. However, with numerous factors to consider, a parent may find it advisable to seek guidance from a family law attorney early in the process. An attorney can provide a client with advice on every aspect of divorce, including child custody, and assist in pursuing the most favorable outcome possible concerning the future for the kids involved.

Source:, "Parenting Plan Checklist", Accessed on April 2, 2018

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