Child Custody

Rancho Cucamonga Child Custody Lawyer

Protect Your Parental Rights & Secure Fair Custody in San Bernardino County, California

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 child custody attorney.

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Whether you are going through a divorce and need to establish a custody agreement or you are looking to modify a current child custody arrangement, we invite you to contact our team.

At Family Law Advocacy Group, we are intimately familiar with all aspects of California family law and can aggressively work to see that we secure the best possible child custody agreement on your behalf. 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.

Get skilled representation on your side. Call our Rancho Cucamonga child custody attorney to schedule your initial consultation!

What Are My Custody Options in California?

The parent-child relationship is important, but complicated, so the State of California has different types of child custody options to best fit each unique situation.

Three types of custody arrangements in California:

  • 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.

Divorce court judges want both parents to be as involved in their child's lives as possible, as long as it is in the best interests of the child, so it is common for joint physical and legal custody to be awarded. However, every family's situation is unique, so it is best to contact an experienced child custody attorney who can explain your rights and guide you to a favorable outcome of your case. Call us today at (909) 992-0188.

How Does the Court Determine Custody in California?

In determining the "best interest of the child," courts consider the factors listed in California Family Code Section 3011. These will differ from family to family, which is why hiring a skilled custody lawyer in Rancho Cucamonga 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 what degree of 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 the nuances of California's child custody laws.

How Long Does a Child Custody Case Take in California?

Child custody cases can take up to 18 months or more to resolve. Courts have a strict schedule, and hearings are often rescheduled.

The time it takes to settle a custody dispute can range from several years, depending on the case's specifics. Custody disputes can also cost between a few thousand dollars and tens of thousands.

At What Age Can a Child Refuse to See a Parent in California?

In California, children cannot refuse to visit either parent under existing visitation orders until the children reach 18 years of age or otherwise become legally emancipated.

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Facing a child custody dispute? Contact Family Law Advocacy Group today at (909) 992-0188 for a free consultation!

Commonly Asked Questions

Can a parent modify an existing child custody arrangement in San Bernardino County?

Yes, a parent can seek to modify an existing child custody arrangement in San Bernardino County. To do so, the parent must demonstrate a significant change in circumstances that warrants a revision of the custody order. This could include changes in work schedule, relocation, or concerns about the child's well-being. Legal counsel can assist in presenting a compelling case to the court.

How can I prepare for a child custody case in California?

Preparing for a child custody case in California involves gathering relevant documentation, such as financial records, a parenting plan proposal, and any evidence supporting your capability as a parent. It's also crucial to understand your legal rights and responsibilities, which a Rancho Cucamonga child custody attorney can explain, ensuring you're well-prepared for court proceedings.

Why should I choose the Family Law Advocacy Group for my child custody case in Rancho Cucamonga?

Choosing the Family Law Advocacy Group for your child custody case means you'll have a dedicated team that is well-versed in California family law. We provide compassionate representation and strive to secure a favorable custody agreement for you, considering all aspects of your unique situation and the best interests of your child.

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