Child Custody Attorney in Rancho Cucamonga
Experienced Representation Defending the Best Interests of Your Child
As a devoted Rancho Cucamonga divorce attorney, I have come to understand that the California court’s most important goal is promoting the relationship between parent and child whenever possible. Visitation and custodial time, even when supervised, with each parent is typically in the best interest of the child.
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Determining Custody for Your Child
There are two types of child custody:
- Legal custody refers to the decision-making aspects of parenting like where your child goes to school and church to which extracurricular activities they participate.
- Physical custody refers to the child’s living arrangements.
Most parents are able to share legal custody, with one parent having primary physical custody. Visitation is usually given to the parent not having primary physical custody.
The courts schedule a mediation appointment for parents to work out a parenting plan/custody schedule that is in the best interest of the child and promotes a healthy relationship with both parents. Mediation can be avoided where both parents jointly come to an agreement. In order for the court to address custody and visitation, you must have an open case, whether it be a petition to establish a parental relationship (for non-married couples), a petition for divorce, or other petition.
Helping to Resolve Parenting Agreements
Many parents work together for the benefit of their children even when they are no longer in a relationship. When this happens, these parents can prepare parenting agreements outlining custody, visitation, and their expectations of each other in regards to their children. This agreement is then filed with the court and becomes the current orders for the parents to follow. Meeting with an attorney to discuss your options and assist you in negotiating a parenting plan will ensure that you address all important concerns.