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Nesting as an alternative child custody arrangement

Although a divorce can be difficult for California parents, the process can also be very hard for the children. especially if there are many changes to their family suddenly occurring. In the past, the children usually remained with their mother and saw their father every weekend or every other weekend. However, some alternative child custody arrangements are becoming more popular.

How a child's opinion influences custody

Whether divorcing California parents figure out child custody matters on their own or a judge decides, their children sometimes have different ideas. Depending on a child's age and maturity level, he or she may have the opportunity to provide input about a living situation to the court.

Keeping a divorce about the children

For some California couples, filing for divorce can be an explosive event, especially if there are kids involved. Some parents become wrapped up in the actual process, which can have a negative impact on the kids. However, there are some ways that parents can put the children first during the divorce so that they remain happy and healthy, even as the family dynamic changes.

About child custody exchanges

California parents who have to negotiate custody and visitation agreements after their marriage has come to an end often find that it can be very contentious. Even if other issues that are common during a divorce, such as financial matters, may be relatively easy to resolve, coming to an agreement on terms for parenting arrangements can be difficult.

The benefits of co-parenting and parenting rules

Negotiations over delicate matters like asset division and alimony often become heated when couples in California and around the country choose to end their marriages, but cooler heads usually prevail even in the most acrimonious of divorces when the issues being discussed are child custody and visitation. Divorced parents who agree on very little will for the most part desire what is best for their children, and accepting that their former spouses mean well and act with the best of intentions plays an important role in achieving this goal.

The rise in joint physical custody

Both parents must agree to joint physical custody in a California divorce case, but in a growing number of states, it is the default. After decades of believing that children should have a primary residence with one parent because it is more stable, courts are now shifting to a belief that children do better if they have equal time with both parents.

The push towards shared parenting

When California parents are ending their marriage, they might have the idea that the court will grant the mother primary physical custody of the children, assigning the father a small amount of visiting time. While this has been true in the past, the current push in states across the country is towards a more egalitarian sharing of parenting time and responsibility.

Child custody decisions and the primary caretaker role

Californians who are engaged in child custody disputes may wonder how family court judges decide which parent will be given primary physical custody of the child. Generally, courts tend to prefer parents who have been the primary caregiver for the child.

Co-stars in custody battle

Many estranged parents try to negotiate custody agreements peacefully, but the complicated emotions involved in these situations often prevent them from being resolved harmoniously. Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis, the co-stars of the Bravo reality series "Southern Charm", are an example of an unmarried couple that had to take their fight to the courts. He is suing her for the right to see his children.

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