When it comes to custody, care and visitation of young children in California, usually the focus is on the children's parents. However, other people in the children's lives, like their grandparents, may also lay claim to an interest in time with the children and may pursue that claim legally. Grandparent rights and guardianship are an interesting area of law.
You and your ex created a child custody agreement when you divorced, and it worked out great when your children were younger. Things are different now that you have teenagers. Co-parenting teens is an entirely different ballgame than younger kids, and it is understandable if you feel frustrated.
Sonoma County couples who separate and divorce often have children. Those children are not at fault for their parents' issues, and shouldn't have to pay the price for them.
When two California parents divorce, one of their main concerns remains the best interests of your kids. You may have serious concerns about how your choices will affect your kids, but there are ways that you can protect their emotional health and provide stability well into the future. This is possible with a thoughtful, intentional and kid-focused parenting plan.