An especially difficult and emotional facet of divorce is the matter of child custody. While the answers over child custody and visitation are easily settled for some parents, for others coming to an agreement will be more difficult. As parents, we undoubtedly seek the best situation for our children, and should thus focus on reaching a custody decision that best suits the needs of the children. In order for your children to receive the proper care from either one or both parents, contact an attorney at the California Family Law Attorney Group to inform you of the choices and your rights in determining a suitable arrangement.
Generally, the custodial options available to parents include legal custody, in which a parent has the right to make decisions in regards to the child such as educational or medical choices, and physical custody, where the parent has an actual custodial care of a child. Based on these two custodial options, parents can have sole, joint or shared custody where a parent’s legal and physical rights vary with each option. For example, a parent with sole custody is given complete legal and physical control of the child. Joint custody, on the other hand, allows both parents the responsibility of legal custody, while the child most often lives with one parent.
Because these choices are often emotional and difficult to face, it is important to get the best legal advice possible from an experienced attorney at the California Family Law Attorney Group. We will handle all aspects of your divorce and child custody issues.
A court’s primary concern is the welfare of the children. In order to maintain optimal care for a child, a family judge will determine the most stable custodian. A court will consider factors such as:
The health, safety, and welfare of the child.
The child’s relationships with other family members
Each parent’s ability to care for the child
The parent’s financial circumstances
Whether there is any history of domestic violence in the family
Because the decisions in your divorce will affect your child’s future, contact the California Family Law Attorney Group for guidance as to the custody laws involved when it comes to doing what is best for your children. Our top priority is to protect our client’s rights, and their wishes regarding visitation and custody matters. Whether a contested or uncontested divorce, our skilled attorneys will achieve a court order that works well for you and your family.
To find out more about child custody and how it can affect your child’s future, consult the California Family Law Attorney Group.