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Experienced Lawyers Helping Parents With Child Custody Cases

Last updated on July 17, 2024

Understandably, the most difficult aspect of a separation is often determining parental custody rights over minor children. Not only does each parent want to ensure a beneficial custody arrangement, but the children are often caught in the stressful position of adjusting to life between two or more homes. Child custody disputes can arise in the context of divorce, parentage, or even domestic violence proceedings. In any conflict, California puts the best interests of the children above all else when making custody decisions.

In navigating through child custody issues, our family law attorneys work with clients to develop plans regarding legal and physical custody, and we help protect the relationship that our clients cherish the most – that of parent and child. From simple visitation plans through complex relocations and international disputes, we advocate for our clients’ needs and those of their children.

Litigation of custody and visitation rights, while sometimes necessary, can be emotionally draining. As we steer our clients to resolution of custody disputes, we first assess whether it is feasible for the parents to amicably create a reasonable custody arrangement. We favor collaboration over escalation, and when possible, it can be in the best interests of the children to have the parents reach a co-parenting plan without court assistance. However, if a custody dispute is brought before a court, we guide our clients through the process, providing insight and experienced legal knowledge so they can make informed decisions along the way. We are staunch advocates throughout the process.

Understanding Parenting Plans

A parenting plan outlines how separated or divorced parents will continue to raise their children. It addresses various aspects of co-parenting, including:

  • Custody agreements
  • Parenting time schedules
  • Decision-making responsibilities

These plans help parents and courts navigate custody disputes and ensure the well-being of the children involved. Parenting plans aim to minimize conflicts and provide stability by establishing clear guidelines and expectations between co-parents and fostering a supportive environment for the children.

To obtain or alter a custody and parenting time order, you can start by understanding the legal requirements and consulting with a family law attorney to navigate the process effectively.

What Is The Difference Between Legal And Physical Custody?

Legal custody entails the authority to make significant decisions concerning a child’s upbringing, including education, health care and religious upbringing. It empowers parents to make important choices that shape their child’s life.

On the other hand, physical custody determines where the child primarily resides daily. While legal custody focuses on decision-making, physical custody determines the child’s living arrangements.

Parents may share legal custody, granting them the right to participate in major decisions. However, parents may jointly or solely share physical custody based on various factors, such as the child’s best interests and the parents’ circumstances.

Once a parenting plan or custody order is in place, an attorney can help encourage the other party’s compliance with its terms. If the other party violates the order, your attorney can take appropriate legal action to enforce it.

Reach Out Today

Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP has served the Bay Area for over a decade, helping its clients with child custody cases. In these periods, emotions can run quite high. We provide an objective perspective, helping you make informed decisions based on legal considerations rather than emotions, and we will work hard to help you achieve your goals.

Call 415-527-0788 today or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.