Arguably, the hardest part of a divorce is managing your relationship with your kids. Whether you settle on one parent having sole custody or you arrange a split-custody arrangement, the most important thing is to ensure that your kids have a relationship with both of you.
At Camarata & Fuller, LLP, our legal team includes a certified family law specialist. We acquired that distinction because we have the knowledge and skills to help families navigate a new normal while focusing on the well-being of all concerned. Rest assured that our Temecula child custody attorneys can help you navigate custody negotiations in or out of court while fighting for a visitation schedule that reflects your needs and goals.
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Determining Child Custody
Child custody decisions can be made by the two parents outside of court or by a judge in family court. Depending on you and your partner’s feelings on the matter of custody, you may be able to settle matters more quickly, conveniently, and affordably on your own, without getting the courts involved. A Temecula child custody attorney from Camarata & Fuller can stand by your side and help you with these negotiations.
If you and your partner cannot come to an agreement, you may need to take your case to court. No matter the circumstances, Camarata & Fuller can provide fierce representation that reflects you and your children’s needs.
When determining child custody, the court will consider:
- The child’s wishes and best interests
- The health of both the parents and the child
- Relationships between parents and children
- Instances of drug, alcohol, domestic, emotional, or sexual abuse
- The child’s education and medical needs
Decisions regarding a visitation schedule are made in the same way. If you and your spouse cannot work together to create an effective visitation schedule, the court will step in and create one on your behalf.
Is California a 50/50 Child Custody State?
California is not a strict 50/50 child custody state, but it does have a presumption of joint legal and physical custody, which means that the court generally assumes that it is in the best interest of the child to have frequent and continuing contact with both parents after a divorce or separation.
However, the court will also take into account a range of factors when making custody decisions, such as the child's age and needs, the parents' ability to provide for the child, any history of abuse or neglect, and the child's relationship with each parent.
In practice, this means that custody arrangements in California can vary widely, and may involve joint physical custody (where the child spends roughly equal time with each parent), sole physical custody (where the child primarily lives with one parent), or some other arrangement that best meets the child's needs.
It's worth noting that child custody arrangements can be a complex and emotionally charged issue, and if you are facing a custody dispute, it may be helpful to seek the guidance of a qualified family law attorney.
Work with Camarata & Fuller
Over the past decade, we have established relationships with the various courts and acquired knowledge of how judges rule. This allows us to advise our clients in a factual and practical way. While the court must follow the law – which indicates that custody should be determined based on the best interests of the child – we are often able to work with opposing counsel and the courts to meet that criterion while also meeting the best interests of the family as a whole.
Our priority is always to help you negotiate a favorable settlement that provides for the needs of all family members. We are prepared to guide you through every step of the child custody negotiations.
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