If you have a concern regarding child custody – whether it’s related to divorce, is related to a post-divorce modification, or is outside of divorce – it affects your parental rights, which makes it a critical concern. In matters of this magnitude, it’s important to get the legal help you need, and an experienced child custody lawyer near you can help.
In California, child custody determinations are always based on the best interests of the children, and some of the factors that go into this calculation include:
If you and your children’s other parent are able to negotiate child custody terms that work for both of you, you won’t need the court’s direct intervention on this key parental right.
California approaches child custody in terms of both legal and physical custody. Legal custody determines how you and your ex will address primary parenting decisions, such as the following:
You and your ex can make these decisions together, or one of you can take on sole legal custody. Alternatively, you can share legal custody according to the category of parenting decision that needs to be made.
Physical custody determines how you and your children’s other parent will resolve your parenting time schedules. Because California courts base parenting time decisions on the best interests of the children involved and because children’s best interests are considered best served when the children are able to continue spending a meaningful amount of time with both parents, courts attempt to maximize both parents’ schedules. Ultimately, you and your ex will be awarded a similar amount of time with your children, or one of you will become the primary custodial parent with whom your children spend the majority of their overnights.
When your children are involved, the matter is too important to leave to chance, which makes having professional legal counsel in your corner well advised. The compassionate California child custody lawyers at Miranda, Magden & Miranda, LLP , proudly serving Monterey and Salinas, are well equipped to help guide your claim toward a favorable resolution that upholds your rights as a parent and works for you and your children. We’re here for you, so please don’t wait to reach out by contacting us for more information today.
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