Are you facing a child custody dispute or a related issue? In this situation, it is vital to reach out to a skilled San Diego child custody attorney who can protect your parental rights. Roseline D. Feral understands the emotionally sensitive issues that may arise in these situations and can negotiate or advocate on your behalf. As a knowledgeable family law attorney, she recognizes that child custody orders may have a critical impact on your family’s future.Devising a Child Custody Arrangement in Southern California
Parents are free to come up with any parenting agreement that they see fit. The idea is that they will understand the specific needs of their children and family and create an arrangement accordingly. The agreement may be formalized in a “parenting plan” and must be approved by a court to be legally valid.
In the event that the parents cannot reach an agreement, however, a court will make a custody determination. Under California law, there is a presumption that children will benefit from frequent and ongoing contact with both parents. The courts will not automatically favor one parent over the other when it comes to custody and visitation. Instead, all child custody determinations are made according to the “best interest of the child” standard. This is a standard that gives a court discretion to consider any factor that may be relevant to the child’s overall health, safety, and welfare. Some examples of factors that a court may examine include:
- The child’s age;
- The child’s relationship to each parent;
- The history of which parent has primarily cared for the child;
- Each parent’s ability to care for the child;
- Any history of family violence or substance abuse by either parent;
- The child’s wishes, if the child is sufficiently mature;
- The child’s adjustment to their home, school, and community; and
- Each parent’s willingness and ability to co-parent.
There are two main concepts related to custody: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the right of a parent to make major decisions for the child, such as those related to the child’s education, health care, and religion. Legal custody may be awarded to one or both parents. Physical custody refers to the parent with whom the child actually resides. Physical custody is usually split between the parents, which means that each parent would have significant time with the child, but as a practical matter, this does not mean that each parent’s time with the child will be exactly equal. Whether legal custody is sole or joint does not necessarily mean that physical custody will be the same, and vice versa.Contact a Child Custody Attorney in San Diego
Child custody cases may be daunting and stressful for everyone in a family. If you are dealing with a child custody issue, you need sound legal representation that you can trust. San Diego child custody lawyer Roseline D. Feral can offer you diligent representation at every step of the way. Many of our clients come from cities such as Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Encinitas, La Jolla, Oceanside, Escondido, Ramona, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Valley Center, and Vista. You can contact us online or call our office at 619-232-1010 to set up a free appointment with a divorce attorney. You may also reach Attorney Feral directly at 619-301-1191.