If you are going through a divorce or any other family law matter that involves your children, you need to secure an experienced family law attorney. At the Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch, we are ready to help you through this. We will work to arrange an agreement that is in the best interests of you and your children. Let our Westlake Village child custody attorneys get to work on your case today.
Child custody is vitally important
California law extends rights to both parents in the child’s life, and custody agreements ensure that parents remain in their child’s life. An attorney will work to help create an effective child custody arrangement situation that takes your interests and the best interests of your child into account.
There are two aspects of child custody that need to be taken into account – physical custody and legal custody.
- Physical custody refers to where the child will live.
- Legal custody refers to which parent has the right to make certain legal decisions regarding the child’s life, including religious upbringing, education, and healthcare decisions.
To further complicate matters, both types of custody could be broken down into joint custody (shared custody) or sole custody (one parent). In many cases, there will be a blend of the two. For example, one parent may have sole legal custody, while both parents share physical custody. In other cases, one parent may have sole physical and legal custody or both parents could have joint physical and legal custody. Due to the complexities of these matters, a skilled Westlake Village child custody attorney should help with this process.
When one parent has sole physical custody, a visitation schedule will usually be arranged with the other parent. A visitation schedule needs to be drafted before the divorce is finalized
Paternity testing may be required
At the Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch, we understand that the paternity of the father needs to b established. This may require a court order. Whether you are the child’s mother or father, establishing paternity is the best way to ensure your rights are upheld.
Custody modifications may be necessary
It may be necessary to make changes to custody and visitations in the aftermath of a divorce or separation. Parents must work through the California family court system when modifications are necessary, and our attorneys will handle that for you.
It is time to get help for your custody case
If you are going through a divorce and there are minor children involved, the process can become incredibly complicated. Due to the nature of a divorce and the complicated legal issues surrounding child custody, you need to secure help from an attorney. At the Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch, we are going to help you through this. Our Westlake Village child custody attorneys will work to achieve the best outcome for you and your children. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling 818-237-4574.