Child Custody Attorneys in Newport Beach
Fight for Your Child's Best Interests with a Custody Lawyer!
Determining custody is a highly important factor that directly impacts your child's life. Having an experienced Newport Beach child custody lawyer on your side can make the legal process easier and will keep your best interests in the foreground at all times. At our firm, we recognize the tensions that are often associated with custody issues and pledge to take an assertive and direct approach to resolve your legal issue.
The Burch Shepard Family Law Group, is located in Newport Beach and represents clients throughout Orange County and the surrounding California areas. We focus exclusively on family law and are led by a team of experienced attorneys. Our partners are both Certified Family Law Specialists and are both graduates of the American Bar Association (ABA) Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute.
Custody Arrangements In California
While the courts will examine many different factors when determining custody arrangements, joint custody is typically favored if it is in the best interests of the child. This means that most major decisions will be made by both parents. If joint custody is not in the best child's interests, the courts may decide between legal and physical custody.
Our Newport Beach family law attorneys have successfully represented clients across the whole spectrum of child custody and visitation issues. We recognize that these issues can be a source of contention both during and after divorce proceedings. Recognizing the strains these legal issues can present, you can be certain that we will work to resolve matters efficiently and reach a fair and reasonable custody arrangement.
How to Determine a Child's Best Interest for Custody Decisions?
In California, judges award child custody in the best interests of the children. This is not a meaningless phrase, but a standard under which all family law professionals must operate. From court evaluators to private attorneys to the judges themselves, child custody decisions are meant to put children's needs first. Even though some parents wish they never had to see their former spouses again, if it is in their children's best interests to split their custody, they must do so.
When domestic violence is involved, however, it is more than just uncomfortable or emotional for women to interact with their abusive former spouses, it can also be detrimental to the children. If a husband had previously physically, verbally or emotionally abused his ex-wife, what is to say that he might not do the same to the children? Moreover, by forcing the parents to interact, there is always the risk that the ex-husband will continue to abuse his wife, potentially causing emotional trauma for the children.
Domestic abuse is a critical issue in California and one that, tragically, is not taken as seriously as it should be. Many individuals in the family law profession are reticent to believe women who say they are victims of domestic violence, yet if they don't, they may be creating a dangerous child custody arrangement for both mothers and children.
Contact Our Child Custody Lawyers in Newport Beach
Whether the matter involves joint custody, sole custody or a change in custody status, a child custody matter can entail intense emotions. At the Burch Shepard Family Law Group, we try to help our clients understand their child custody matter from a legal point of view, free from the clouds of emotion. This enables both the client and the child to adjust to the new reality of their lives in a more positive way.
Whatever your matter of concern, our Newport Beach child custody lawyers can provide representation that protects your rights and interests and those of your children.
Schedule an initial consultation. Contact us at (949) 565-4158 today! We are happy to schedule consultations at a time that is convenient for you.
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