People often think of divorce as the end of a relationship between spouses. In some cases, it may be. But the reality is that where there are minor children from the marriage, a relationship—though changed—endures until the youngest child reaches adulthood. Learning to deal with this new reality is a large part of a successful post-divorce life.Both California law and children’s well-being make contact and cooperation between parents necessary. California’s public policy encourages both parents to participate in child-rearing after dissolution, and explicitly favors a child’s “frequent and continuing contact” with both. In determining custody, courts must consider which parent is most likely to allow the child to see the noncustodial parent often.
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