Shielding Your Children
From the Damage of Divorce
Child custody battles can be heartbreaking, emotionally draining ordeals that cost a great deal of money but still leaves everyone involved unhappy and somewhat dissatisfied. In an effort to prevent or at least minimize these disputes, California family courts have instituted a mandatory mediation process before parents can proceed to court with their child custody action. During the mediation process, the courts expect divorcing parents to focus on one critical factor:
What is truly in the child’s best interest.
At Holstrom, Block & Parke, we take on cases that involve child custody issues and disputes for people throughout Corona. Our attorneys are knowledgeable and they will listen to your needs. They will be with you when you face the tough decisions and will effectively prepare you for the mediation process that lies ahead. For a free telephone consultation — call one of our Southern California office locations or, contact us online.
To learn more — see our child custody and visitation information center.
California Child Custody Terms
There are generally two types of custody: legal and physical. The parent with legal custody is the primary decision maker with respect to issues involving the children’s education, upbringing, and health care. Physical custody refers to where the children live and what visitation rights may be awarded to the parent who does not provide the children’s primary residence.
Common terms such as primary or secondary child custody,” “50/50 custody,” temporary custody, third party custody, or joint legal custody may also be used to describe child custody agreements. Also, permanent custody and visitation arrangements may affect child support obligations as well.
There are so many issues that could surface in a child custody case. Should one parent have an overnight visit, or are there issues like domestic violence or substance abuse that warrants supervised visitation? Should the court award sole or joint legal custody? Whatever issues you face, our experienced attorneys can help.
Since it is far more costly and difficult (if not impossible) to modify a bad divorce or child custody result — taking care of these issues on your own is risky and may put you at a huge disadvantage. Our attorneys provide unbiased, effective, yet aggressive representation designed solely to protect your rights, serve the best interests of your children and steer you clear of the many pitfalls associated with a do-it-yourself divorce.
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