Newport Beach Child Custody Lawyers
Protecting Your Parental Rights & Your Child’s Welfare
Child custody and visitation are issues that often arises in a divorce or separation, and also in situations involving paternity and sometimes grandparents’ rights. Custody refers to the responsibilities and rights of parents to care for their children, affecting where the children live, and who makes decisions about education, healthcare, and other key aspects of their lives. Visitation (time-sharing) is a related issue that applies to a non-custodial parent’s right to spend time with his or her child.
If you are going through a divorce or are dealing with any type of custody or visitation dispute, you need a strong ally to protect your rights. A Newport Beach child custody attorney at Thomas Law Offices can provide the level of representation, guidance, and counsel that will make a true difference in your case. We know that no two families are the same, and we provide legal services tailored to address our clients’ needs.
To learn more about your custody and visitation rights, and how we can protect these, call (949) 799-3357. We have offices in Newport Beach and Woodland Hills to better serve you.
How Is Custody Determined?
In California, a parent may have sole custody of a child, or custody may be shared. In instances of sole custody, visitation will apply. In instances of shared custody, parents may have shared legal and/or physical custody as outlined in a parenting plan. In a divorce or separation, parents may reach their own custody agreement, subject to approval by the court. A judge will make a final decision on any proposed parenting plan or, if parents cannot reach their own agreement, will make a decision at a court hearing.
Custody determinations are based on the best interests of the child and will depend on:
- The age and health of the child;
- Any current custody/visitation arrangement;
- The child’s emotional ties to each parent;
- Each parent’s ability to care for the child; and
- Any history or instances of substance abuse or domestic violence.
Make sure your interests are fully protected in your custody case. Whether we are negotiating for you, helping you through mediation, or protecting your rights in court, you can count on our Newport Beach child custody lawyers to do everything in our power to secure a positive result.
Contact Thomas Law Offices today at (949) 799-3357 and put a Certified Family Law Specialist on your side.
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