Rancho Cucamonga Child Custody Attorney
Protecting Your Parental Rights & Securing Fair Custody
When parents decide to
divorce or legally separate, one of the major issues that will have to be sorted
out is child custody. The best way to protect your rights during this
process is to hire a compassionate Rancho Cucamonga family law attorney.
Whether you are going through a divorce and need to establish a custody
agreement or you are looking to modify a current custody arrangement,
we invite you to contact our team.
At James D. Madden, Attorney at Law, we are intimately familiar with all
aspects of family law and can aggressively work to see that we secure
the best possible outcome on your behalf. Child custody agreements can
affect child support proceedings as well, so it is very important to look
at the big picture and consider everything that will need to be worked
out during this process.
Ready to get skilled representation on your side? Call our Rancho Cucamonga
child custody attorneys to schedule your initial consult.
Types of Custody Arrangements
When a child custody agreement is worked out, there are three basic areas to cover:
Physical Custody – This is where the child will permanently reside.
It can be given as "sole" custody or "joint" custody,
which allows for more time with both parents. Learn
how to win full custody.
- Legal Custody – This determines who has the right and responsibility
to make decisions about education, health, welfare, etc. of the child
or children. It can also be joint or sole.
- Visitation Rights – If sole custody is the outcome of the child custody
agreement, a plan must be made to allow the non-custodial parent time
with the child or children.
How Does the Court Determine Custody?
The decisions that pertain to child custody will be based on the best interests
of the children and will
differ from family to family. That is why hiring a skilled attorney is critical.
Generally, the judge looks at the following factors:
- Age of the child
- Who acts as the "primary parent"
- The child's health and any special medical needs
- Each parent's record (ex: past history of abuse)
- Each parent's occupation / ability to secure and retain employment
There is no set way of deciding who will be given custody and how much
custody will be given. In many cases, a custody ruling will heavily depend
on how the issues are presented. This is why it is so important to have
an experienced legal representative who is familiar with all aspects of
divorce and family law.
If you are facing child custody matters, contact our divorce firm today!