Navigating Sensitive Matters with Child Custody Attorneys
Our knowledge in this area of law goes beyond the academic. Our lawyers have personal experience being involved in child custody disputes. We understand the tremendous emotional stakes that accompany these legal matters.
Our child custody attorneys are prepared to protect your parental rights in disputes involving out-of-state custody matters, parental alienation, false allegations of abuse, interference, and other complex and contentious matters. We represent clients in establishing initial child custody orders as well as modifications.
We have the experience, skill and resources to make a difference.
Legal And Physical Custody
Legal custody means having the right and responsibility to make decisions for the child such as choices regarding medical, educational and religious upbringing. Physical custody determines with whom the child will live.
Custody can be given to one parent alone (sole custody), or to both parents (joint custody). In both legal and physical custody decisions, the court begins with a presumption that joint custody is the best option. However, factors such as abuse, neglect and drug and alcohol abuse can rebut this presumption and result in custody being awarded solely to one parent.
The courts primary interest is what is in the best interests of the minor child, not in fulfilling the wishes of the parents. If the court needs help in determining what is in the child's best interests, it can appoint experts to assist it in making those determinations.
Even in the case of sole or primary custody, the other parent usually has visitation rights and is able to spend some time with the children. We help parents in divorce proceedings to ensure that they will have adequate custody and visitation periods to participate fully in their child's upbringing.
Understanding Parenting Plans (Visitation)
A parenting plan, commonly referred to as visitation, outlines the logistics of how the parents will spend time with their children. Whether custody is joint or sole, there will be some sharing of the child's time between the parents. Difficulties arising from this arrangement can best be avoided by drafting a detailed plan in advance.
If child safety is a concern, the court may order monitored visitation, or, in rare circumstances, no visitation. Supervised visitation can be ordered when necessary to protect the child's safety and well-being. Supervision can be done by a professional agency or another adult, or be done by a family member or any agreed-upon third party.
Experienced Legal Representation
Usually, if the parents can agree between themselves on a plan for custody and parenting time, the court will approve the parents' arrangement. If the parents cannot agree, the court must order mediation through Family Court Services. If mediation fails, the judge will decide custody issues in a court hearing. At any stage in this process, it is important to have the advice or representation of an experienced family law attorney to help you obtain the custody and visitation you want for your children.
If you face a child custody dispute in California, we are here to protect your parental rights and the best interests of your children. We can also assist grandparents and fight for their rights, and help fathers establish paternity. To schedule a consultation, contact us online or by telephone at (310) 545-1900. Our team would be happy to address any questions you may have about the process.
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