The courts in California keep the child’s best interests as the core guiding principle while deciding matters of custody. Court’s strive to provide parents with frequent and continuous contact with the minor child. California family courts encourage co – parents to mediate the issues of child custody and parenting time before coming to court.
Courthouses in Orange County have progressed one step further to mandating at least one mediation session prior to any contested hearing on custody. Mandatory mediations are conducted by Family Court Service’s Court Mediators and the sessions are governed by the California Family Code. Mandatory mediations are scheduled to be held before the contested hearing date.