In many cases, a California father who is going through a divorce will be concerned about losing access. This is not unfounded, as census data reveals that courts award mothers physical custody in the great majority of cases. However, an alternative to either parent having primary custody is shared custody. This is growing in popularity and has become commonplace in some countries such as Australia and Sweden. Surveys have found there is widespread public support for shared custody, and a few states have enacted legislation that make it the default arrangement in judicial custody determinations.
When ending a marriage, California couples have a number of options to pursue. A divorce doesn't need to be an angry, drawn-out courtroom battle. If the separating partners are open to working together, alternative solutions can help to create a mediated divorce agreement that ends a marriage relatively quickly.