Rancho Cucamonga Child Custody Lawyers
Focused on the Best Interests of You and Your Family
When couples separate or divorce, one of their main concerns is that of child custody. It's important that children spend time with both parents while also getting the care they need. That brings up many questions, such as who the children will live with, which parent will make decisions about the children's care, and how much time will the children get to spend with each parent? Finding acceptable answers to these questions can be challenging, as child custody cases are often filled with high emotions. Parents don't have to go through this process alone; they can retain the services of a lawyer who can provide sound advice and guidance on how to handle the matter.
If you are trying to determine child custody, reach out to Newman & Allen today. Our compassionate Rancho Cucamonga lawyers understand the complexities of these types of cases and can help find solutions to protect your best interests and your family's future. We can help develop a parenting plan, as well as present a compelling case on your behalf.
Types of Child Custody
In California, there are two types of child custody: legal and physical.
Legal custody is concerned with which parent makes important decisions about the child.
Such decisions may include those involving:
- Medical care
- Extracurricular activities
- Place of residence
There are two types of legal custody:
- Joint legal custody: Both parents may be granted the right to make decisions about their children.
- Sole legal custody: In some cases, only one parent may be given decision-making responsibilities.
Physical custody refers to where the children live.
It can also be granted as joint or sole:
- Joint physical custody: The children live with both parents. However, the time spent with each parent may not be split evenly. If one parent gets more time with their children than the other, they are referred to as the "primary custodial parent."
- Sole physical custody: The children live with one parent, and the parent without physical custody gets visitation.
Does the Court Favor One Parent Over the Other in Custody Matters?
Often, parents wonder whether the mother or father will be more likely to receive custody. In California, the law initially treats both parents equally, meaning that a judge will not give preference based on gender. Instead, their decision is based on what's in the best interests of the child.
When determining child custody matters, the judge will consider various factors, including:
- The child's age
- The child's health
- The child's relationship with both parents
- The parents' fitness for caring for the child
- The parents' history of substance abuse (if any)
- The child's connection to home, school, and community
What Happens If a Child Custody Order Is Violated?
Child custody agreements that have been signed by a judge are court-ordered. This means that if one parent violates the order, the other can take action to remedy it. For instance, they can contact a local police department to request that an officer enforce the order, or they can file a contempt action with the court.
Get the Legal Help You Need for Your Child Custody Matter
At Newman & Allen, we recognize the challenges involved in child custody cases. That is why our Rancho Cucamonga attorneys will be by your side, guiding you throughout. We will work hard to seek an optimal outcome for you and your family.
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