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Chase, Berenstein and Murray,

Counselors at Law


Burlingame Child Custody Attorneys

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Child custody and the time that children spend with each parent (often called visitation or time-share) is one of the most important aspects of a family law case. The “best interest of the child” is the legal standard by which child custody if determined, whether by a judge or the parents.

There are a multitude of factors that help determine what is ultimately in a child’s best interest:

  • The child’s age
  • Physical and psychological well-being of the child
  • Relationship of the child’s parents
  • Proposed living arrangements and stability
  • Developmental needs of the child
  • Input from the child regarding his or her preference, depending on the child’s age or maturity

Child custody and visitation can be some of the most contentious issues in divorce and family law matters. If the parties are in dispute, California family law courts require that parents attend court-sponsored mediation prior to a judge making a decision. Court-sponsored mediation in a contested court case is carried out in a time-limited and often stressful manner. Fortunately, there are many benefits to using private mediation, as well as collaborative law in resolving child custody and visitation matters.

Call our firm at 650-642-3897 to reach an experienced Burlingame child custody lawyer!

Benefits of Collaborative Practice, Mediation & Child Custody

At Chase, Berenstein and Murray, Counselors at Law, we provide our clients with a choice of resolution methods that work best for their particular case. With more than 25 years of legal experience, we advise clients on the benefits of utilizing alternative dispute resolution (also known as appropriate dispute resolution, or ADR) methods in resolving their child custody matters.

Both mediation and Collaborative Practice allow parties to reach an agreement on child custody and time-share that works for their family, rather than having a court decide for them.

Below are some of the benefits of these two alternative approaches:

  • More flexibility in creating a parenting plan and time-sharing agreement
  • Both methods are generally efficient and more cost effective
  • Less stressful on children
  • Foster more cooperation between parents
  • The children can have a voice in the timeshare plan in a way that does not put them in the middle

Child custody also impacts child support. Specifically, the amount of time a parent spends with a child has a correlation to the amount of support a parent pays or receives for that child. Resolving your child custody matter amicably with positive interaction between parents can assist you and your spouse to reach agreement regarding support in a more productive manner. Whether you decide Collaborative Practice or mediation is best for your case, as experienced San Mateo child custody attorneys, we can provide you with knowledgeable legal guidance.

Contact our Burlingame office by email or call 650-642-3897 to schedule a consultation regarding your child custody or child support matter.