Many parents worst fear is to lose custody of their children during a divorce case. Determining
child custody is one of the most contentious issues during the divorce process and the decided arrangement will affect your family long after the divorce. If you are concerned that the court will rule against you and take your children from you, then speak with an experienced Culver City divorce attorney from our firm about your custody and visitation rights.
In the state of California, the court prefers to award joint custody as long as it is in the best interests of the children. The law is prohibited from showing any bias towards either the mother or the father, their goal is to create an agreement that serves the children's interests. Still custody and visitation are the two primary concerns of parents who are facing divorce. If the divorce case is handles improperly or put into the wrong hands, it could potentially ruin family relationships.
Depending on your particular situation, the court may decide to award joint physical custody, which means that both parents will have to split time with the children. Another aspect is regarding legal custody- joint legal custody means that both parents have the authority to make decisions on behalf of the children. We understand that you want to obtain the most time possible with your children and we want to help you achieve that goal.
In order to keep your children close, you are going to need to prove to the court that you are equally capable of providing for your children in comparison with the other parent. Until you and the other parent agree on a custody arrangement or the court issues a ruling, you and the other parent are both entitled to equal custody. To preserve your relationship with your children it is always helpful to speak with an attorney about your responsibilities as a parent as well as your legal rights.
Here are some key factors that the court will consider when deciding on custody:
- The physical and mental health of both parents
- The intent of either parent to relocate
- The preferences of the children (if over age 12)
- If each parent will encourage frequent contact with the other parent
- The needs of the children and the capability of the parents to meet those needs
- The home and school adjustments that the children will have to make
- If there is a history of domestic violence, abuse, drugs or alcoholism
Looking for an attorney for your child custody case in Culver City? Here at Widger & Widger, APLC, we have more than 18 years of accumulative experience and we know how the court thinks and operates. If you believe that your spouse will fight for sole custody, we can help protect your custody and visitation rights.
Contact a Culver City divorce lawyer from our firm today for help with your custody case!