Some California child custody and support matters are handled through an alternative dispute resolution procedure called mediation. This may allow people to reach agreements for child custody, parenting plans, visitation, child support and other issues.
Those who are going through a divorce in California may believe that litigation is the only way to end their marriages. However, mediation can be a less stressful and more productive alternative. Mediation is less stressful because the goal is for the parties to work together to create a settlement that works for everyone. The conversation is guided by a mediator who will strive to keep the conversation objective and civil.
Joint legal custody may be the custody arrangement courts in California assign to parents. Parents who have this type of custody share with the other parent the legal right to contribute to decision-making regarding significant issues that pertain to their child. This means that they will be making major decisions regarding matters related to healthcare, education and religion.