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California may rethink the way it tries child custody issues

There are now in consideration legislation intended to make child custody hearings fairer. The goal behind every such initiative is to make certain that each parent plays a role in raising the child. Also, legislators wish to ensure that any determination is in the best interest of the children.

A recent California news outlet article speaks of an initiative to make available jury trials in child custody cases. If passed, this legislation would give parties to a dispute the right to demand a jury trial. The measure would also prevent judges from rejecting joint-child-custody determinations made by a jury.

Before passing such a measure, legislators will wish to answer a number of questions. For example:

  • How will courts ultimately interpret such a measure?
  • In what manner will parties respond to a jury trial demand?
  • What will be the fiscal costs?

The need for representation in child custody matters

It’s impossible to understand all of the consequences of any measure until passed. When it comes to child custody disputes, we should remember that every case is different. What works in one case may not work in another. We, therefore, need to try each matter on a case-by-case basis.

Child custody matters concern much more than passing laws. It is important to address the concerns of the parents, and making certain the factfinder (whether judge or jury) hears their side of the story. Regardless of how child custody matters are heard, most family law attorneys wish to resolve each matter amicably and encourage parents to work together whenever possible.

It’s important that parents understand all of their options.

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