California judges typically order parents to support their children financially when they divorce. Parents who were never married but end their relationships are also subject to child support orders. It should come as no surprise that it's a big mistake to disregard a court order, as popular commentator Steve Gill recently learned.
When California parents decide to divorce, they have to resolve numerous issues concerning their children's futures. Where their kids will live is often the first, most basic concern. Beyond that, how complex or simple the divorce process is depends on the details of a specific couple's situation. If child support is an issue, it may be possible to avoid litigation. Doing so requires a willingness on both sides to cooperate and compromise, as needed.
When you face the possibility of divorce, you probably have serious concerns about what this decision will mean for your future relationship with your children. While you want to protect their best interests, you also want to protect your parental rights and access to your kids. Fortunately, it is possible to do both.
It is understandable that a California parent wants to avoid going to court when trying to resolve child-related issues in divorce. Many times, divorce mediation can be used to help co-parents achieve amicable and fair agreements regarding child custody, visitation or other matters. Mediation is definitely not for everyone, so it pays to speak to someone well-versed on such issues to help determine if it is a viable option in a given set of circumstances.