Nothing is more important to parents than their child. That is why it is common for child custody disputes to arise and for them to be so emotionally-charged and contentious. Child custody and visitation is a delicate area because there are kids in the middle: the right approach requires a fine balance between establishing your rights as a parent and reaching a solution which is in the best interests of your child. You need the careful touch of an experienced child custody and visitation attorney to get you and your child get through this difficult process and achieve the best results for everyone.
The first step toward feeling more comfortable about the issue of custody and visitation is understanding a little about how it works in California.
A little bit about child custody and visitation in California…
There are basically two aspects of child custody: Legal custody (who has the authority to make important decisions relating to the child’s upbringing) and physical custody (who the child will live with). Both parents can share legal and physical custody. However, when one parent is granted sole physical custody, the other parent is usually granted visitation rights.
When a court makes custody decisions, the court considers many factors. However, its primary concern is “what arrangement would be in the best interests of the child?” If the children are old enough (usually teenagers), the courts will consider their preferences. Once a court makes a custody order, it may be modified later if the parents’ or child’s circumstances have changed (for example, if one parent wishes to move out of state).
Why a good Los Angeles custody and visitation lawyer is important
How custody and visitation issues are presented and argued to the other side and to the judge can have a tremendous impact on your final custody agreement or court order. In addition, it can be very difficult to communicate effectively with the other parent, to interact with the court, and to fill out and file all of the complicated paperwork correctly.
A skilled and experienced custody and visitation lawyer like Lilian can make all the difference in the world. She will help you put your best foot forward and win a custody arrangement which is in the best interests of your child. Something as important as the future of your child is too important to roll the dice on. Contact Lilian today at (310)-920-5810 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation.