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Child custody can be tricky to navigate

Divorce can be a challenging ordeal for children, just as it is for their parents. About half of children who were born in the 1990s may face their parents' marital split-up. Fortunately, a few tips may help parents in California who are dealing with matters related to child custody to make the divorce process easier for their children to handle.

An important step when dealing with children and divorce is reassuring them that they are loved and will continue to be cared for during and after the divorce. Children, depending on their ages, can experience a wide range of emotions, including fear or anger. Children naturally feel uncertain about the future during divorce, and the lack of stability they are experiencing can be emotionally challenging to deal with.

In addition, putting children first when making decisions regarding them is critical. If possible, it helps to reach a compromise with regard to child custody as soon as possible. This will ultimately make the divorce process easier for both the parents and the children to deal.

If the parents cannot find common ground in the area of child custody, they will have to rely on a judge to make a custody decision for them. The court will usually look at evidence concerning several factors, such as the parents' physical and mental health, the child's wishes, and cultural and/or religious considerations. Other considerations may include the sex and age of the child and the need for a stable home environment to continue. An attorney in California can help to ensure that one's wishes are considered in addition to the best interests of the children when addressing child custody.

Source: findlaw.com, "Divorce: Easing the Strain on Children", Accessed on Sept. 5, 2017

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