Thinking Through Child Custody and Parenting Time Before a North County Divorce

Pierre Domercq Child Custody and Visitation

Why should you be thinking through child custody and parenting time before a North County divorce? What are your goals for your child or children after your divorce is completed? How will you protect them throughout the process? What should you expect during the process of completing a divorce in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Vista or Oceanside?
Generally speaking child custody and parenting time are based upon the best interests of child, and this is a good idea to center your thoughts around. Child custody is often one of the most emotional and bitterly fought issues in a North County divorce case. It doesn’t have to be.
The experienced child custody and parenting time attorneys at Burke & Domercq have decades of trial, mediation and negotiation experience here in North County. If there is a matter or principle or the safety of the children is at stake we are tireless and aggressive legal advocates. When parties are in complete agreement we simply help to ensure all documentation reflects their agreement and enforceable orders may be issued by the Court.
Most couples are somewhere in between. How do you handle genuine disagreement about the division of custody and parenting time? Our local courts believe it is in the best interest of a child to spend equal quality time with each parent. There is a lot of flexibility in how parenting time plans and custody agreements can be crafted.
A sound parenting plan should reflect the current rhythms of your family. In the best case scenarios, your child(ren) would continue to attend the same schools and continue to participate in the extra-curricular activities they presently enjoy. The custodial and parenting plan agreement will need to balance decision making authority regarding each child’s health, education and religious upbringing.
Areas of disagreement can often be resolved through constructive negotiation. Our attorneys, Dan and Pierre, have decades of experience in these matters. This extensive experience serves to inform our clients about what has worked for others in similar situations, and how the Courts have tended to handle similar situations. This allows you to make informed decisions while working to negotiate a settlement that achieves your goals and objectives.
Mediation is another excellent tool for resolving differences in a divorce case. Dan Burke has mediated numerous cases over several decades here in North County. Mr. Burke works to establish a constructive and non-confrontational environment where both parties can be heard, and the issues at hand can be worked through in a constructive manner.
If child custody and parenting time are important issues in your divorce the choice of your divorce attorney will have a significant impact on the outcome in your case. We invite you to review the recommendations of our clients and the legal industry and contact Burke & Domercq or call 760-712-3741 to schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys.