There are few in California or elsewhere who have not experienced how devastating a divorce can be, whether it is their own breakup, another family member's or a friend's divorce. You may have watched your own parents divorce and lived through the struggle of a custody battle that left you confused and hurt. Your family may also have experienced financial hardship after the divorce.
It does not have to be that way, and more courts are working to provide a gentler and more positive approach to custody issues when parents break up. You certainly know that child support payments are often an essential part of ensuring that children have a healthy and secure life. However, more research is showing that it is time, not money, that makes the most critical difference for the children of divorce.