A. Are you willing to be reasonable? B. Is he willing to be reasonable? C. Are either of you willing to spend all of your money simply fighting with the other?
You and your ex, if you want, can either spend the next 17 years and eight months, and lots of time, trouble and money, going to court and having a judge resolve parenting disputes, or you can figure out a different way to resolve these disagreements. Assume that you will not be able to change your ex-husband's behavior in major ways, unless he wants to change it; so this means that you'll have to work with, or work around him. Get a copy of "Joint Custody With a Jerk". If you can't afford to buy it, check it out of the library.
The average child custody case in California lasts until the minor is an adult, or 18 years of age. That is speculative whether you and father can or cannot agree on custody/visitation. The best interest of your child be the court's primary concern.
I hope you and father can come to an agreement or terms that would be acceptable to both of you. Although very likely, a plan that you two agree on today will likely change during the course of the minor's life, as your daughter gets older.
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David Lavi, Attorney
Beverly Hills Los Angeles Long Beach Van Nuys
The court has jurisdiction over the child until he/she is 18 or 19 if still in high school. How long the child custody case that you opened lasts depends on how willing the two of you are to work together to reach an agreement. You can expend a lot of time, money and energy fighting over issues or you can work together to determine a plan that works for you and co-parent.
Maryam Atighechi is a family law, real estate and civil litigation attorney in Sherman Oaks, CA. 818-647-1152. Please be advised that although Ms. Atighechi is an attorney, the comments posted does not constitute legal advice. You should not rely on any advice or suggestions written and seek outside, independent counsel. An attorney-client relationship has not formed by reading the post.