Divorce in any situation is incredibly difficult for every party involved, especially if there are children affected by the divorce proceedings. Child custody and visitation is one of the most important aspects of a divorce where there is a child involved – and also the most difficult. While it is common for parents to think that they are the best choice for the child, it is important to remember to compromise and think about what would be best for the child in the long run.
Law states that a child, or children, will be placed with parents according to their best interests. However, this could be interpreted in a variety of different ways. It can also be incredibly difficult to determine where the child’s best interest lies in a divorce proceeding. For example, California law has three Family Law Codes that help determine a child’s best interest in a variety of factors. Family Law Code 3011, 3020, and 3040 all discuss an array of aspects to help conclude where the child’s best interest lies during and after a divorce between its parents.
If two parents cannot reach a decision on their own, they are asked to attend a mediation service and meet with a private counselor set up through Family Court Services. At this private counseling session, parents are asked to compromise and come to a conclusion regarding child custody that will benefit their child. After this mediation and counseling service, a judge will determine if the recommended action given to them by the counselor, and parties involved, is beneficial to the child and lies in the child’s best interests. A majority of the time, a judge will side with the recommendation given to them by the Family Court Services.
Farbod Majd Esq.
Divorce Attorney w/ offices in Beverly Hills/Los Angeles
Services in English, Turkish, and Farsi/Persian (Iranian/American Lawyer)
8383 Wilshire Blvd Suite 646, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310.956.4600 | Fax: 310.878.8989 | [email protected]