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Best Interest of the Child as the Basis of a Placer County Child Custody Order


The Placer County child custody court has one important consideration in making child custody orders between competing parents: the best interest of the children.  Simply put, the Placer County court looks for the custody arrangement will maximize the children's health, safety and welfare.  The Placer County court will review the relevant evidence and rely heavily upon the child custody mediator's report in determining the custody arrangement that maximizes the children's health, safety, and welfare.

What is a Placer County 3110 Custody Evaluation?


In all Placer County child custody actions, the parties are required to attend and complete Placer County custody mediation before a custody judge will hear the child custody case.  In particularly contested or complex Placer County child custody disputes, standard Family Court Services custody mediation may be insufficient to resolve the dispute.  Some examples of more complex cases include: usually hostile parties, the children are potentially victims of parental alienation by one or both parents, or one of the parents has alleged the other is neglecting the children.  In these special circumstances, the court can order a 3110 custody evaluation. 

Should I do Sacramento Private Mediation in My Custody Case?


In all Sacramento child custody cases, the parties are required to attend Sacramento custody mediation before a judge will hear the child custody case.  In many cases, the Sacramento custody mediation can be done free of charge through Sacramento Family Court Services (FCS) or it can be done through paid private custody mediation with certain approved private therapists with experience in family conflict.  FCS' advantage is that the mediator is paid through the county and attending is more convenient and quick.  FCS' disadvantage is that the parties have no control over mediator selection and the experience can be very impersonal with unsatisfactory results. 

Affordable Sacramento Divorce, Part 2


There are other ways for parties to make their Sacramento divorce more affordable.  Parties can hire a Sacramento attorney mediator.  Sacramento divorce mediation can save costs because both parties use the same Sacramento divorce attorney to mediate their divorce.  The parties agree to avoid court and work through their disputed issues with the mediating attorney's input.  (This is different than in most Sacramento divorce litigation in which each party hires their own attorney and uses their attorney to address disputed issues in court and to communicate with one another.  This can be an effective way to handle a divorce, but the cost of the attorneys and the court battles can become very expensive to both parties. Sacramento divorce mediation is different than the Sacramento divorce litigation model because in mediation, the parties communicate directly to the mediator who is trained to help the parties reach an agreement.  When both parties are committed to proceeding through this process, it can be much more cost-efficient and result in an arrangement that is more satisfactory to all parties.

Affordable Sacramento Divorce Part 1


Any party that is seriously considering undergoing a Sacramento divorce has many things to consider.  One of these critical considerations is the financial cost of starting and completing the divorce.  The reality of litigating a Sacramento divorce in court is that it is usually expensive.  Each party is generally responsible for paying for their own attorney and each trip to court is expensive.  The more the parties seek to negotiation and settle the issues in their case, the less they will pay in attorney fees and costs associated with going to court.

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