This topic generates many questions. What is legal custody? What is physical custody? What is an appropriate schedule for parenting time? What if we can’t agree on a schedule? Is there an age when my child can choose where to live? Can I move away with the children?
Before answering any of these questions, it is important to remember that although you may not like the other parent right now, your children love both of you. Learning to co-parent sooner than later will be the best thing you can do for your children during this process.
While you are learning to cope with changes to parenting after your separation, remember that your children are also dealing with new changes and emotions. If you are finding it difficult to deal with these parenting changes, or discussing these changes with your children, a great resource from the California Courts is available here. This resource will help you understand parenting after separation, and to help your children and teens cope with divorce or family breakup.
Kim has over 20 years of experience in Family Law in San Diego County, working with families and parents to help answer these tough questions. Contact Kim to schedule a free initial consultation.