Developing a successful custody plan in California
For many Los Angeles County residents, devising a custody plan that is beneficial for the child and is fair for the parents can be challenging, but necessary.
November 02, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Developing a successful custody plan in California
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Going through a divorce can be an emotionally trying time, especially if children are involved in the marriage. For many Los Angeles County residents, devising a custody plan that is beneficial for the child and is fair for the parents can be challenging, but necessary.
Types of custody
According to the Superior Court of California County of San Diego, there are two types of custody, physical and legal. Physical custody entails where the child spends their time and which parent's house they live at. When parents begin developing a custody plan, they should ask themselves things like where the child should spend holidays, vacations, which parent will handle extracurricular activities and which parent should be in charge when.
In comparison to physical custody, legal custody revolves around important decisions like school, religion, medical care, jobs, driving and any activity that could have a significant impact on the child. Parents should consider which decisions will be made with the input of both parents and which will be made by one independent parent.
Devising a plan
When developing a custody plan, parents should ensure that the plan meets their child's basic needs for a healthy diet and optimal health, time for enough sleep and make certain that the plan allows each parent to provide their child with enough protection, love and general instruction. Parents should avoid catering a plan to their needs and not try and mold the plan to fit their personal needs as a parent.
In addition to meeting these basic needs, a successful custody plan should also follow several guidelines in order to ensure the general well-being of the child. These include things like:
-Putting detail and specific guidelines into the plan to avoid confusion
-Making the plan balanced between each parent if possible
-Considering the specific age, ability and preferences of the child
-Allowing for some flexibility
Like parents, children often struggle when their parents get divorced. In 2002, a study was conducted by the University of Virginia that researched the impact of divorce on children. The study found that children whose parents were getting divorced experienced short-term negative effects such as shock, anger at the situation and disbelief. A well-devised custody plan may help a child adjust to the idea of their parent's divorce.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child states that children have a right to have some input in decisions that affect them after a divorce so take into account what your child would prefer when drafting a custody plan. If you and your spouse would like assistance devising a custody plan that benefits your child, consult with an attorney that specializes in family law.
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