California Family Law is focused upon the best interests of the child when it comes to child custody and parenting time decisions. Divorce is one of the hardest emotional experiences any child will face when growing up. The last thing our Family Court would ever want to do is increase the stress and emotional duress of a divorce on a child. In fact, our Courts do everything possible to protect each and every child in a divorce case.
Family Courts in California understand it is almost always in the best interests of a child to live with their siblings. Therefore, separating the children between households is rarely how the Court will approach siblings for child custody and parenting time decisions.
Is it possible for one child to live with one of their parents full time after a divorce? Yes, for a variety of reasons including the expressed interests of a mature child. However, in these cases the Court will include orders which provide an opportunity for siblings to spend quality time with each other on a very regular basis.
California Family Courts understand the powerful bond between siblings. The ideal solution should preserve this bond as much as possible. Generally speaking “split custody” agreements which separate siblings which are negotiated between the parents or reached as a part of mediation are usually rejected by the Family Court. In fact, many “split custody” cases have been turned over on appeal to higher courts because these Courts have ruled it is not in the best interests of the child(ren).
If you are concerned about how to approach siblings for child custody and parenting time you need the advice and counsel of our experienced, proven Carlsbad Certified Family Law Specialists. Protect your own interests and contact us or call 760-434-3330 to schedule an appointment for a remote or socially distanced consultation with one of our experienced Certified Family Law Specialists.