Issues surrounding child custody are often the most contentious parts of a divorce process. Divorce is tough as it is, but when there are minor children involved, emotions run high. You need to secure a Simi Valley child custody attorney to help you through this process. At the Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch, we have the knowledge and experience you need to get through this. Our certified family law specialist will analyze all aspects of your divorce and work to come up with a solution that is fair for you. Do not let this important issue be decided by your spouse. You have rights.
Understanding Simi Valley child custody issues
First, we want to cover the basics of child support. These cases are difficult, but the California family court system will always look to the best interests of the child when making decisions. Child custody is really broken down into two types – physical and legal custody.
- Legal custody revolved around where the child will live.
- Physical custody has to do with which parent has the right to make legal decisions for the child. This includes religions, education, and healthcare decisions.
Both of these issues need to be decided upon, but that can be tricky. For both types of custody, parents can have joint (shared) custody or sole (one parent) custody.
There is often a mix of the two. For example, one parent may have sole physical custody while they both share legal custody. Conversely, both parents may share physical custody of a child while only one parent may have legal custody.
For a non-custodial parent, visitation needs to be arranged. A visitation schedule needs to be drafted and agreed upon by the court before a divorce can be finalized unless there are legal reasons preventing one parent from seeing their child (criminal activity, alcohol or drug abuse, etc.).
Paternity testing may be needed
In cases where the paternity of the child is disputed, you may need to get the court to order a paternity test. Whether you are the child’s father or mother, establishing paternity is important for your rights to be upheld.
Modifications could be necessary
After a divorce, both spouses’ lives will change. This could lead to modifications being necessary. Please understand that all child custody modifications need to be made through the California family court system.
We can get you through this
If you are going through a divorce and have children under the age of 18, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At The Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch, we understand that issues surrounding child custody are complex and emotional. We want to be your advocate, the team that handles this and ensures you are treated fairly. Our certified family law specialist will make sure your rights are upheld when you need a Simi Valley child custody lawyer. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling 818-237-4574.