Find The Right Child Custody Lawyer

Find The Right Child Custody Lawyer

Johnson Attorneys Group consists of child custody lawyers that are skilled in all family law matters. Our negotiators will work to protect your parental rights as well as keep your child’s best interests top of mind.

Visitation Rights: What’s In Your Child's Best Interest?

The collateral damage of a divorce is always the children. When parents divorce, it can cause tremendous pain and anguish for the whole family and if the parents become incredibly combative, the court may have to step in and make a ruling that takes into account the needs of the children first and foremost. In California, the courts tend to favor keeping both parents involved in a child’s life also known as joint custody, but that depends on whether or not that is in the best interest of the children. Our California legal system will always prioritize the child’s needs in a divorce. The legal tug-of-war between parents can be highly emotional and difficult on the children, that’s why retaining the services of an experienced child custody lawyer is strongly encouraged.

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California Child Custody Law

A predetermined visitation schedule or parenting arrangement is the best way to divide time with children among parents, but if the former spouses cannot agree on any form of schedule, the courts will have to make this decision on their behalf. In cases where a non-custodial parent is abusive, irresponsible or a threat to the child in any way, visitation rights may be revoked. Drug or alcohol abuse, physical or verbal abuse, could be considered a reason for revoking visitation as well.

There are a few types of custody arrangements under California law: joint physical and legal custody, sole legal custody, and sole physical custody. A parent who makes legal decisions on behalf of the child would have legal custody, and a parent with physical custody determines who the child will primarily live with after the divorce. A schedule could be made by the court to determine the frequency of visits, pickup and return times and holiday visits.

The court will focus on the best interests of the child as well as the following factors when determining custody:

  • The age of the child
  • Health issues
  • Emotional bond between the child and their parents
  • Connections the child has made to their home, school, and community
  • Whether either parent is capable of providing physical and financial support for the child and is mentally sound to do so
  • A parent’s history of domestic, drug or alcohol abuse

One thing the courts will not do is lean toward custody of one parent or the other based solely on the fact that they are a man or a woman. The non-custodial parent will be granted visitation rights based on the circumstances presented to the court. This could be revoked if these visits are deemed unsafe or putting the child at risk.

Call (949) 942-8784 to request a private consultation with a child custody lawyer.

Answers to Common California Family Law Questions


How Long Does A Divorce Take In California?

The laws around divorce in California are outlined very specifically and there are certain steps that must be taken in order to finalize a marriage dissolution. If both parties agree on everything and all the financial orders are laid out and dealt with, the dissolution can happen very quickly. Alternatively, a contested divorce could span the course of several years and involve multiple parties and mountains of paperwork...

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Who Has To Pay Alimony Or Spousal Support?

Alimony laws in California can get complicated and it’s important that you understand the need for legal representation when discussing alimony or spousal support payments. There are many financial calculations and algorithms that are used to determine who has to pay who and how much. Alimony or spousal support is designed to help a spouse after a divorce or separation maintain the style of living they were accustomed to in the marriage....

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How Does Child Custody Work In California?

Often times, spouses can work together on a child visitation arrangement or a child custody agreement. Many other times they cannot agree, and this is why there are custody laws in California. The courts are in the position to designate physical custody and legal custody, should the need arise and the parents are unable to make this decision for their family. In these cases the courts will need to weigh specific factors in determining which parent...

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