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Custody Issues when the Child is 18 Years Old

Custody Issues when the Child is 18 Years Old

In California, a child is considered emancipated by the age of 18 or after high school graduation. At this time, the children are still teenagers, but are considered adults, and usually matters like child support and custody laws do not apply to them anymore. A recent unpublished opinion by 6th appellate district, William v. Cavers, explores child custody issues after the child has reached the age of 18. The William v. Cavers case s a 8.1115 opinion, which means that the court opinion is available to the public, but is not certified for publication under California Rules of Court. It cannot be cited in court, however, it can offer general insight into how California appellate courts handle child custody. In the William v. Cavers case, the mother petitioned the court for custody when the child turned 17. The father, who was the custodial parent, was against the change, The parents could not come to an agreement with help of a mediator. The mediator recommended that the mother obtain custody at the end of the school year, which the father again opposed. In a later custody hearing, the trial court followed the mediator’s recommendations. The father continued to appeal, and during his appeal process the daughter turned 18 years old. California can appoint a mediator to assist parents in creating agreements for issues of child support and custody. The mediator can help parents create a parenting plan, which a judge can approve of and make into a support or custody court order. Mediators have extensive education and training for creating a plan in the best interests of the child, though...