As discussed last week on our Tustin family law blog, determining which parent will have custody of a child after a divorce involves a number of different decisions. Physical custody, legal custody, primary or joint custody, parenting time -- all must be taken into consideration while focusing on the best interests of the child. This is true whether divorcing parents are working on child custody issues out of court or before a judge.
"Hard, but beautiful" -- this is how actor Bill Hader described parenting during an interview with Conan O'Brien several years ago. Tustin parents have likely felt something similar at some point; a recognition of both the challenges and the rewards of raising children. One challenge Hader and many other parents will also experience is that of a divorce with child custody issues to resolve.
Of all the decisions that need to be made during the process of a divorce, it is not uncommon for the biggest disagreements to be between a divorcing couple and what to do with the children after the divorce. But, on rare occasions a marriage dissolves amicably, allowing both sides to come to an equally agreeable decision. When both sides are willing to work together to share time with the children a court can order a joint custody arrangement.
Whether you are entering divorce court for the first time or are seeking an appeal on a previous child custody decision, it is important to recognize that today more than ever before the courts are taking the role of the father seriously in the upbringing and best interests of the child. There are several things that fathers should take into consideration when trying to obtain custody rights for children.