Child custody arrangements can be complex and difficult – but they don’t need to be abominable. Generally speaking, the health and welfare of the child is a shared concern among both parties in a divorce, and determining what is in the child’s best interest is paramount. Most of the time, the courts will order shared legal custody for both parents, as long as they are able to work together to make decisions for the child and both parents are capable of making such decisions, and it is not in the child’s best interest for only one parent to have custody.
However, there are many other factors considered in child custody situations in California. Every situation is different, but typically the court will look at the age of the child, the health of the child, the ability of each parent to care for the child, the child’s ties to their home, school, and community, and the emotional ties between the child and both parents. The court then works to determine what kind of custody arrangement will best serve the child.
In this guide, we will define some of the key terms that are often involved in child custody matters, and answer questions about paternity (determining who is a child’s father), custody, and termination of parental rights.
If you are involved in a custody dispute or are thinking about getting a divorce and need to know your rights and obligations with regards to child custody and visitation, you will want to have an experienced attorney by your side. At Moshtael Family Law, our team has handled myriad child custody cases with ease, and we have more than likely worked with someone in your exact same situation. Please contact us if you need help navigating the legal process or working through your custody matter – we aim to help Southern California parents resolve their custody issues thoroughly, efficiently, and affordably.