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California Divorce And Child Custody: What Is The Purpose Of Child Custody Mediation?

Mediation in California is a form of alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, facilitated by a mediator, which allows parents of a child custody and visitation dispute an opportunity to resolve their disagreements without a litigated hearing. As pointed out in Family Code 3170, mediation is a mandatory process in California that must take place before a contested issue regarding custody and visitation is heard in a litigated hearing. Mediation has a specific purpose and mediators should adhere to certain guidelines and standards when conducting mediation.

Mediation Standards

There are certain standards that apply to mediation services. The rules for mediation are set forth in the California Rules of Court 5.210. Rule 5.210 applies to court-connected child custody mediation and addresses the authority of mediation, purpose of mediation, mediation definitions, Responsibility for mediation services, mediation process, training, continuing education, and experience requirements for mediator, mediation supervisor, and family court services director, education and training providers, and ethics as it relates to California mediators and California mediation.

Mediation Purpose

The purpose of mediation is to help the parents of a child custody dispute resolve their disagreements and build a parenting plan together in mediation that reflects the overall best interest of the children. The purpose of mediation is outlined in Family Code 3161.

Mediation Limitations

Mediation may not be able to help all parents work out their disputes. Some cases are too complex or far too acrimonious. In some cases, a parent will change his-her mind after signing an agreement in mediation. If you sign an agreement in mediation and later change your mind, you may be able to cancel your agreement by submitting your cancellation request to mediation services in writing. However, you will want to consult an attorney to learn how to properly cancel your agreement and the timeline upon which you can do it.

If you are involved in mediation you will want to consult an attorney in your area to help you learn about the mediation process, standards, purpose, your rights, and what mediators can and cannot do in mediation.

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Child Custody Coach supplies information, online materials, and coaching services to parents in the field of child custody, namely, divorce, child custody and visitation, child custody evaluations, 730 evaluations, parenting, and all issues related to child custody and divorce. "How to Win Child Custody - Proven Strategies that can Win You Custody and Save You Thousands in Attorney Cost!" is a unique child custody strategy guide written by The Custody Coach and made available by Child Custody Coach in an easy to read, understand, and apply E-Book format. Custody Match is an online consumer and family law attorney matching service to help you in your search for the right attorney for your divorce or child custody case. Custody Match can help you find the right family law attorney, divorce lawyer, or child custody attorney in your area.

Divorce And Child Custody Types Of Child Custody Agreements

When children are at stake in a divorce, it may complicate and delay the issuance of the divorce decree. In some cases the courtroom has become a battle field for parents who are disputing the role of the custodial parent or disputing child custody. In such cases, judges today are often ordering a child custody evaluation of the family by experts in the field of child psychiatry, psychology or mental health. The mental health experts typically evaluate the activities of each parent, the life at home, parenting skills, relationships with the child, the child's feelings and preferences and in many cases utilize psychological testing. The recommendations of the expert involved can be a basis to a custody agreement or can be rejected by the two parties letting the judge have the final say.

What are the common child custody agreements? There are numerous types of child custody agreements and there is no one size fits all child custody agreement that works for all families and children. But here are some basic sample child custody agreements that can be reached following a divorce.

First, child custody agreements can be reached regarding physical custody. Parents or judges have to determine with whom the child will live with and which parent will be allowed to be with the child. A parent can be granted sole physical custody in which the other parent will have little to no contact with the child. Sole physical or full physical custody often takes place in cases of physical abuse or a high degree of poor parenting skills by the other parent and in cases where it would be in the best interest of the child to have such an arrangement.

Legal custody typically has to do with decision making rights. Legal custody generally gives parents decision making rights regarding their child's health, education and welfare matters. As it is with physical custody, a parent can also be denied the right to legal custody and on those decisions if the other parent obtains sole legal custody. Further, parents can also agree or be awarded joint legal custody. Absent a showing of detriment to the child, joint legal custody is often granted to the parents.

Common child custody agreements can be worked out in a parenting plan and can be ordered by the court or agreed to by the parents. These child custody agreements generally address legal custody issues such as the health, education and welfare of the child and physical custody issues such as with whom the child will live with and how often the child will have contact with each parent.

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Child Custody Coach supplies information, online materials, and coaching services to parents in the field of child custody, namely, divorce, child custody and visitation, child custody evaluations, 730 evaluations, parenting, and all issues related to child custody and divorce. "How to Win Child Custody - Proven Strategies that can Win You Custody and Save You Thousands in Attorney Cost!" is a unique child custody strategy guide written by The Custody Coach and made available by Child Custody Coach in an easy to read, understand, and apply E-Book format. Custody Match is an online consumer and family law attorney matching service to help you in your search for the right attorney for your divorce or child custody case. Custody Match can help you find the right family law attorney, divorce lawyer, or child custody attorney in your area.

Child Custody: Child Custody Orders And Judicial Authority

For many divorced and separated parents with children there will be a common answer as to why they ended up with the child custody and visitation arrangement they have. The answer being, "the judge decided it." In other words, the judge chose the parenting arrangement you have based on his-her belief of what was in your child's best interest.

Judges do not always make the child custody decision or choose the parenting plan arrangement for the parent's. In fact, more often than not, the judge will not make the child custody decision for the parent's. It is usually when the parent's are unable to reach an agreement on child custody the judge will choose the parenting arrangement for them. If the judge makes the child custody decision for the parent's it is often referred to as a final judicial order or judgment on child custody.

Parents typically know what's best for their children including decisions about child custody and visitation. The difficulty for the parents is often the inability to set apart their own emotions and wishes from the needs of the child. Parents are typically given the greatest amount of flexibility in choosing a parenting plan that reflects the best interest of their child. However, when the parent's are unable to come to an agreement on child custody and visitation the judge will often be given the task to make the decision about child custody and will also have a tremendous amount of leeway in choosing a parenting plan the he-she thinks is best for the child. This leaves vast room for a judge's interpretation of what is in the best interest of the child and often leads to arbitrary judicial decisions regarding child custody and visitation.

When the court or judge chooses a parenting plan for the parent's it will usually result in one or both parents being disappointed or feeling a sense of loss. Typically one parent will feel as though they won child custody while the other parent felt they lost child custody. It's also not uncommon that both parents end up disappointed with the court or judges decision. Rarely both parents feel as though they won when the court or judge makes the child custody decision.

To avoid arbitrary judicial child custody decision made by the court and judges you would be wise to learn more about how child custody decisions are made and the laws in your particular state. How judges have ruled in the past and what influences his-her decisions. Additionally, you will want to explore alternative dispute resolution options such as child custody mediation, collaborative law, and arbitration. If you are seeking legal advice on how to proceed with your child custody case you can consult a family law attorney in your area who spends a significant amount of his-her practice representing clients on child custody cases.

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Child Custody Coach supplies information, online materials, and coaching services to parents in the field of child custody, namely, divorce, child custody and visitation, child custody evaluations, 730 evaluations, parenting, and all issues related to child custody and divorce. "How to Win Child Custody - Proven Strategies that can Win You Custody and Save You Thousands in Attorney Cost!" is a unique child custody strategy guide written by The Custody Coach and made available by Child Custody Coach in an easy to read, understand, and apply E-Book format. Custody Match is an online consumer and family law attorney matching service to help you in your search for the right attorney for your divorce or child custody case. Custody Match can help you find the right family law attorney, divorce lawyer, or child custody attorney in your area.

Child Custody Disputes Getting Custody Of Your Child

Are you already or about to be involved in child custody dispute or battle?

Getting custody of your child is likely to be causing you a tremendous amount of stress.

There's one thing you must keep in mind the whole time you're fighting for custody of your child.

I've worked with a number of families who were going through the process of separation and divorce. I've seen the results of the child custody disputes on the children and the parents. Whatever route you decide to go down to get custody of your child you must keep at the forefront of your mind the fact that you're doing this because it's best for your child.

This needs to be your only consideration.

Your child and the court battle must never be about scoring points against your ex-partner or winning just for winnings sake. Your child doesn't deserve that.

Whichever parent your child ends up living with, it'll be one of the most important outcomes for everyone's life. The people a child is closest to has the most influence in their life. Don't allow the situation your child is placed in push him or her away from either of you and into the hands of outsiders, this can happen when you're both fighting for custody. Make sure your children feel really loved and secue during your fight for access and care of your child.

This process of custody and access will be one of the most important decisions of your life. Make sure you don't leave something as vital as gaining custody of your child in the hands of complete strangers or a court system that will never care in the way you do. If this becomes a fight you're the only person who knows the personal information that you do about your partner, their shortcomings and personal history. The ammunition you hold can have great impact on your chances of achieving custody and access to your child.

To win child custody disputes you must prepare yourself so as to leverage this personal information in the most profitable manner possible. Never assume there won't be a battle, although not all child custody disputes do but many will, therefore assume yours will and if it does you'll be well prepared for any eventuality.

Do you know what you'll be prepared to do to gain custody and access to your children?

Make sure you don't look back after your child custody dispute and regret that you didn't do more to get the outcome that you felt was best for your child.

Protect your children as much as possible and whatever you do make sure your child is NOT damaged by what you do as you try getting custody to your child.

You'll need help to be able to get the outcome you want as you're fighting for custody of your children.

And you'll need help from professionals who've been working with child custody cases for over 30 years.
To make the strongest case for custody of your child that you can it's extremely important that you start off on this process with as much help as possible,
Don't make the mistake I've seen a number of parents make and leave it till later to get this advice. Getting custody of your child must be important enough to get as much help and information as possible. get that help now. http://www.custodybattlesecrets.com

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