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Should I pursue a contested child custody case?

Going through a child custody case can be stressful, and it can create a great deal of uncertainty for both yourself and your children. Many parents decide that they want the whole process to be over as soon as possible, but in doing so, they may come out with a less than optimal outcome. Other parents wonder if it's worth investing extra time in contesting a child custody case so they can get the outcome they think is best for their children.

Deciding whether to pursue a contested child custody case will involve many different considerations. For example, you may have reason to believe that your children are being abused or neglected at the other parent's home. In a case like this, you will consider it worthwhile to contest the ruling.

However, if you accept that a child custody modification will require a change of circumstances, you may decide to avoid the stress of a contested case. The following are some factors to consider when deciding whether to contest a child custody case.

What is your communication like with the other parent?

If you have good communication with the other parent and you are willing to work together for the benefit of your children, you may decide that some decisions can be made between the two of you. However, if you find day-to-day communication impossible, even the smallest decisions made in regard to your child might still need to go through the courts.

What is your biggest priority?

It's important that you weigh up both the pros and the cons that will come from contesting a child custody case. The main advantage is that it will offer you the possibility of getting the ideal outcome. However, there are considerable downsides that could arise from the pursuit. The court case could lead to a more tense relationship between you and the other parent. In addition, you may find that your children are aware of the legal battle, and this can negatively affect them.

If you want to get the best child custody outcome for your child in the state of California, it is important that you understand the intricacies of the law and that you take action as soon as possible.

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