In California, as in most states, there are two ways to resolve disputes about child custody and visitation: through the court system or through mediation. Child custody mediation is a process where parents meet with a neutral third party – typically a mediator – to try to work out an agreement on custody and visitation. If the parents cannot agree, the mediator will make a recommendation to the court.
The mediator will meet with both parents separately and together. The mediator will ask each parent what they would like to see happen with regards to custody and visitation. The mediator will also listen to each parent’s concerns and try to find common ground. If the parents cannot agree on anything, matters may have to be resolved in court.
What is CCRC in California?
The California Child Custody Recommending Counseling (CCRC) is a program that was created to help parents resolve custody disputes without going to court. The CCRC is made up of counselors who will meet with the parents and try to help them come to an agreement. If the parents cannot agree, the counselors will inform the parents of their next steps.
If you are considering mediation or the CCRC, it is important to speak with an experienced family law attorney first. Your attorney can provide guidance on what to expect from the process and can alleviate any concerns you have about possible mediation.
Should I Pursue Mediation Instead of Litigation?
There are several benefits to pursuing mediation rather than litigation. First, mediation is typically less expensive than litigation. Mediation also allows the parents to have more control over the outcome of their case. In court, the judge will make a decision based on what they believe is in the best interests of the child. This may not be what either parent wants.
Another benefit of mediation is that it can help preserve relationships between the parents. This is especially important if there are other children involved. If the parents cannot come to an agreement through mediation, they can still go to court and litigate the case.
Can a Child Custody Lawyer Help?
You may be wondering whether you need a lawyer to help with your child custody case. While it is not required that you have an attorney, hiring one can certainly help. A lawyer will be able to provide you with legal advice and represent you in court if necessary. If you are not sure whether or not you need a lawyer, consider the following if you have a complex custody arrangement. If you have a complex custody arrangement, such as joint custody or shared parenting, then you may benefit from having a lawyer. An attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected and that the arrangement is fair. Reach out to our fathers’ rights law office today to get the support you need by calling (951) 482-7517.