Child custody and visitation orders are often the most important court orders a parent must seek from the court. Custody and visitation matters can be highly emotional for the parties and the child(ren), especially if litigated.
In California, parties must submit to mandatory custody and visitation mediation prior to having a custody and visitation matter heard by the court. However, there are currently significant differences in the process depending on the county in which the action is filed. In San Diego County, mandatory custody and visitation mediation through Family Court Services is non-confidential. What that means on a practical level is if the parents do not reach an agreement at mediation, the mediator will issue recommendations to the judge regarding what parenting arrangements the mediator believes is in the best interest of the child(ren). Especially because the mediation is non-confidential, it is important that parents be well-prepared for the mediation ahead of time.
Whether you are seeking initial custody and visitation orders, or a modification of prior orders, we can help you present your case in the best light possible and in a compassionate manner.