How to Keep Child Custody Battles Brief
Actress Drew Barrymore and her art consultant husband, Will Kopelman, surprised Hollywood when the couple enjoyed an uncharacteristically swift and uncomplicated divorce.
The couple dated for four months before marrying in 2012. During their marriage they had two daughters. Though Barrymore filed for divorce in July 2016, she and her husband legally separated in March of 2016.
Less than a month after announcing their divorce to the world, it was finalized. This makes the divorce one of the fastest settlements in Hollywood.
Staying Focused on the Children
In early August Barrymore and Kopelman, though divorced, were spending summer with their two daughters in Nantucket. Drew Barrymore stated that she and Kopelman agree that their children are their “universe” and they look forward to keeping them as their “first priority”.
Paving a Path for a Mutually Beneficial Child Custody Agreement
High conflict cases take up a lot of the court’s time and services, and many of these cases involve child custody. Many parents have suffered through nightmarish experiences where the child custody case was dragged out (costing them time and money), where the results were not to their liking, and where they have had to spend a lengthy amount of time fighting to change an agreement.
The first thing all parents need to keep in mind is that the child custody agreement should be in the best interests of the child. How you feel about your spouse and other areas of conflict should not be a factor. If you are concerned about your spouse’s ability to parent, a family law attorney will provide you with guidance on how to approach the situation.
Another factor to consider is how the court will determine child custody and how you can prove your suitability. The courts will consider:
- The desires of the child
- The stability of the parent
- How the parent interacts with the child
- Age and gender of the child
- Opportunities to interact with extended family members
- If domestic abuse, emotional abuse or excessive discipline is an issue
Finding Legal Assistance
Child custody and visitation laws in California are constantly changing. Whitmarsh Family Law, PC has helped parents in the Los Angeles area secure steadfast child custody agreements which are in the best interests of the child and themselves.
If you are in the midst of divorce or would like more information about child custody, please contact Whitmarsh Family Law, PC today for a free consultation at (310) 552-3505.