California considers what is in the children’s best interest in any child custody matter. This includes an analysis of many factors, including the ages of your children, the role each parent has played in the children’s lives, as well as each child’s developmental needs at each stage. History of abuse against the children and the other parent, as well as alcohol and drug abuse by a parent are also factors. In arriving at a parenting schedule, the children’s needs should be considered first and foremost. Because child custody litigation can be expensive and emotionally difficult, parents are encouraged to attempt to agree upon schedules as much as possible. Fox & Bank routinely works with experienced co-parenting counselors, parenting coaches, and experienced family law custody mediators to assist clients in the child custody process and to reduce the financial and emotional cost of litigation.