Like those in other states, the courts of California will create parenting plans and make child custody decisions based on what the court sees as the best interests of the child.
Although it is not as commonplace as in other professions, attorneys can and do specialize in particular areas of the law. These specializations can be somewhat unofficial. For instance, a lawyer who does a lot of personal injury work could tout her years of experience representing clients and also point to her general knowledge and other credentials.
As you think about your future, your kids and your decision to file for divorce, you may feel a bit anxious and stressed. It's understandable. After all, you'll have to negotiate many issues with your soon-to-be ex. It can be awkward, at first, to discuss such topics, especially if you've been married a long time. Your children, as well, may encounter challenges as they adjust to their parents living in separate households. It's also understandable that you want to keep the peace, if possible.
Many of the wealthiest residents of Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California are so precisely because they are self-employed. While many people who go into business for themselves have a rough go with it at the outset, once a business takes off and succeeds, a Californian can do very well indeed.