On May 18 The National Review published an article called “Children Need Both Parents After Divorce”. It expresses the need for State lawmakers to pass child-custody reform laws and says that only two states are effectively encouraging family judges to order equal, or almost equal, parenting time in a divorce. It goes on to assert the negative impact on the physical and emotional health and well-being of the children who don’t have both parents actively involved in their lives and the negative impact on their parent’s mental health as well.

This article just further proves the point that we’ve been making, that it’s better to keep your family issues outside the courtroom. We usually say it’s better because of the obscene amounts of money spent on litigation and because of the hostility and conflict that is stirred up in the traditional adversarial approach in legal disputes.

I am surprised to read this plea for change, not because it isn’t true but because I help people keep their problems outside of the courtroom, so much so that I’ve become insulated from the things that go on in a contested case. Although California isn’t one of the two states mentioned above, it is the first state to legitimize the legal document assistant profession. More than 65% of cases going through the California family law court are handled by self-represented parties, many who settle matters by mutual agreement.

As a California legal document assistant, I’ve been helping consumers who choose not to hire an attorney. We help prepare family law judgments, most where both parents, share significant time with their children, and rarely ever that both parents aren’t involved in their children’s health, education and welfare to a large degree.

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