When two people in California become parents, they naturally want to do all they can to be the best parent they can be. They want their child to grow up in a happy, healthy, loving environment. So, while it can be a difficult adjustment, if a child's parents' marriage is failing, it is often better for all if the parents divorce. After all, after the divorce is settled, a child will no longer be exposed to fighting parents, and can develop a separate, meaningful relationship with each parent that will allow them to thrive.
When children are involved in a California divorce, a parenting plan will have to be established. This plan should be made with the best interests of the child in mind. It is hoped that divorcing parents can work together out-of-court to develop a parenting plan on their own. By doing so they have more say in what the final plan will look like, and therefore may be more satisfied with it. Of course, sometimes the relationship between the two parents is so toxic that this type of cooperation simply isn't feasible. In these situations, parents can turn to the court to establish a parenting plan.