Child Custody and Visitation Practice Center
More than 1 million children experience divorce each year in the US. If you have questions about child custody and visitation, contact our firm to schedule a consultation with an experienced family law attorney.
Southern California Child Custody Lawyers
Are the children your main concern as you face the prospect of divorce? Do you want them with you as much as possible? Do you seek significant or sole responsibility regarding major life decisions affecting your children, including education, religion and healthcare?
At Holstrom, Sissung, Marks & Anderson, our attorneys advise parents in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties about their rights and their child custody options, including legal and physical custody, and the affect of custody and visitation on child support payments. Put our experience and resources on your side today by calling any of our Southern California offices directly or by contacting us online.
For general information on the topics of child custody and visitation, please take time to review the following articles.
Child Custody and Visitation – An Overview
The resolution of child custody and visitation disputes requires divorcing parents to act rationally in their child’s best interests at a time when they are facing the overwhelming stress of divorce. Joint custody and sole custody, legal custody and physical custody, custody evaluations and modifications are terms with which a divorcing parent will become familiar.
Knowledgeable advice and skilled representation from an experienced family law attorney at Holstrom, Sissung, Marks & Anderson, APLC in Corona, California, can assist you in your pursuit of a fair custody arrangement.
Creating Parenting Plans that Work
A parenting plan is an agreement that outlines a child custody arrangement. It takes into account arrangements such as who has the children on which days, who makes major decisions about matters such as the children’s education and health, and what to do if any parent’s situation significantly changes. Parents who agree on a parenting plan rather than let the court decide are often more likely to comply with custody arrangements.
The ongoing health and mental well-being of children during divorce often depends upon how their parents interact following the decision to end the marriage. An experienced family law attorney can inform, guide and support you throughout the divorce and custody process.
Custody and Visitation Dos and Don’ts
One thing divorce does not change is your being a parent. Whether you develop a traditional visitation schedule or a flexible co-parenting plan, whether the arrangement is temporary or permanent, you can help make the time you spend with your children happy and productive. When questions regarding custody and visitation arise, an experienced family law attorney is the ideal source for competent counsel.
Custody Evaluations: What You Should Know
If you and your former spouse have been unable to reach an agreement regarding child custody, the family court judge deciding your case may order a custody evaluation. A custody evaluation is a process in which a mental health professional, usually a psychologist, evaluates you, your children and your children’s other parent in order to make a custody and visitation recommendation to the court. Courts tend to give considerable weight to the recommendations of the evaluator. A family law attorney can explain custody evaluations and answer your child custody questions.
Child Custody and Visitation Resource Links
The American Bar Association offers this table with current custody criteria for all 50 states.
This Web page is a U.S. Department of State guide for people whose children have been parentally abducted and taken across an international border.
The CRC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the idea that both parents should be involved in their children’s lives; the CRC provides free drop-off/pick-up centers for custody transfers.
HRC’s website provides information for gay and lesbian parents who are fighting for custody of their children.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families helps to locate parents and enforce child support obligations.