When a couple decides to get divorced in California, the upcoming changes can create significant anxiety and uneasiness for their children. While each child copes differently with divorce, younger children are usually at a higher risk of suffering emotional distress when their parents separate. Fortunately, parents can help their children cope with the changes in a productive way, but it will require them to be flexible with each other and respectful in developing a custody arrangement that allows their children to continue a healthy relationship with both parents.
There are many issues to consider with regard to child custody cases, from how courts decide what is in a child’s best interests to the type of parenting plan that will work out best for a particular couple. The emotional side of child custody cases should not be overlooked, and some people may struggle with depression in the wake of a custody decision that is unfavorable, from their perspective. Moreover, some children may experience depression after a custody dispute and it is crucial for parents to help them handle these feelings properly.
Settling into new schedules and living arrangements in California after a divorce can be challenging. Once the custody proceedings are closed, you may think that you are finished with the courts. At De Ita, Lowe & Wald, LLP., we know that life changes. Instead of struggling with the initial arrangement and dealing with a situation that no longer fits life’s circumstances, you can go back for modifications to the court order.
There are two types of custody in California: physical custody and legal custody. The state judicial branch defines physical custody as "who your children live with" and legal custody as "who makes important decisions for your children." Parents can share these responsibilities, or one can take on a specific role.