Be sure to use good practices when handling child custody issues

By |2022-04-01T13:09:34+00:0020 Mar 2017|Categories: Child Custody|


California law stipulates that your child’s best interests have to be the focal point of all decisions related to child custody. When you and your ex are working through the child custody mediation process, you have to think carefully about this point and others that the court considers important.

You should be careful about how you and your ex interact when your child is present. These interactions can have a big impact on your child. Don’t let your anger get the best of you. Instead, communicate in a professional and respectful manner. Try to avoid having to deal with any serious issues when you are tired, stressed or irritated.

When you are dealing with a specific custody issue with your ex, be sure to stay on that issue. Don’t let other issues crowd out what is truly important. Once the issue at hand is taken care of, you can move on to discussing other issues.

Be sure that you don’t use your child as a messenger. This can make it seem like your child is being pulled in two different directions. It can make it seem like you are trying to make the child pick a favorite parent.

If you have a child custody order but find that it isn’t working any longer, you and your ex might be able to come up with a new agreement. Child custody modifications are possible under some circumstances.

In all child custody cases, you must fully understand your rights and your responsibilities. Having this information can help you to feel better prepared and less stressed when you are going through the process.

Source: The Superior Court of California, County of Orange, “Child Custody,” accessed March 17, 2017

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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