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Going through a divorce is painful, particularly if you have children. If you and your soon-to-be-former spouse are separating, being as amicable as possible and settling custody quickly can help minimize the emotional impact on your children. Here are tips to settle a potentially volatile child custody case from divorce lawyers in Long Beach CA.
- Keep the best interests of your children in mind. A family law attorney in Long Beach CA can help advocate on your behalf, and fight for your interests, but you should agree to establish a positive parenting relationship during this process.
- Understand how decisions are made. Ultimately, only about 1.5 percent of child custody cases go to trial, while the rest are settled by agreement of the parents or with the assistance of a mediator. If you can’t agree and your case goes to a judge, he or she will consider factors such as the child’s preferences, each parent’s current involvement in the child’s life, the location of each parent’s home, the stability of the child’s current life, and the best interests of the child.
- Respect your former spouse’s parental rights. Even if your marriage was unhappy, your partner still has a right to be a part of your children’s lives (absent neglect or abuse). In most cases it is in the best interest of a child to have regular contact with both parents. For that reason, develop tolerance of your ex’s parenting style even if it’s different from yours.
In addition to keeping these tips in mind, consult a divorce attorney Long Beach CA.
The Law Offices of Riley Khorram can help you with Long Beach divorce lawyers to settle family law disputes, including custody and divorce cases.