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Custody decisions may prove difficult for California parents

The decision to divorce has been made, the petition filed and now comes the time to address child custody. Many California residents may dread this part of the divorce process in particular as custody decisions can have serious impacts on the lives of the children and the parents. When circumstances are already difficult at best, finding the right terms may be no easy task.

Exploring various custody options may be worth the time and effort. Though some arrangements may continue to become more popular, they may not always work in the best interests of the individuals involved in every case. For instance, co-parenting may seem like an ideal plan in theory, but putting this arrangement into practice may not work for individuals who are dealing with abusive exes or those who cannot work well together.

Because co-parenting does not always apply, parents may want to consider alternatives, such as parallel parenting. This option is similar to co-parenting but does not require the same level of communication and interaction between parents. Therefore, if the only reason co-parenting does not work is due to the inability for the parents to work well together, parallel parenting may be worth considering.

Each parent may have different goals they hope to achieve when it comes to making custody decisions. Because of the sensitive nature of these proceedings, knowing the available options ahead of time could prove useful. California parents may wish to obtain reliable and applicable information on various custody options and do their best to determine the right paths for their particular circumstances.

Source:, "When Co-Parenting Is Impossible", Karen Finn, Dec. 16, 2017

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