Understanding How Joint Custody Works
For many people facing divorce, the single greatest priority is ensuring continued close relationships with their children. The idea of frequent separation from kids under a defined schedule is difficult enough, but the thought of being pushed into the background as the other parent become "primary" in these vital relationships can be devastating.
Balanced, Results-Oriented Representation In Child Custody Cases
The idea that there is a standard custody order, placing an often insurmountable burden of proof on the father to win physical custody or equal time, is long outdated in California. Our family courts have broad authority and discretion in deciding custody matters, so long as the orders entered support the health, safety and welfare of children involved.
We have a balanced family law practice focused on helping mothers and fathers obtain the child custody and visitation arrangements that best suit their needs and desires. Our Newport Beach family law attorneys have decades of experience developing strategies and building cases for parents who want equal time with children or have other goals involving joint custody orders.
Decision-Making Guidance, Case Building And Legal Action For Positive Resolution
We guide clients seeking joint child custody through every step of the process, including:
- Discussing and thoroughly analyzing each parent's goals relative to existing family relationships and how the courts are likely to view children's best interests.
- Explaining distinctions between joint legal custody, which provides for shared decision making in regard to children's welfare, and joint physical custody, which provides for significant (though not necessarily equal) continuous time spent with each parent.
- Examining the meaning and real-world implications of other potentially viable options such as pure joint custody and divided custody (sometimes called split custody).
- Collaborating with our client to develop a sound legal strategy for attaining the desired custody arrangement through negotiation, mediation or litigation if necessary.
We are aggressive and passionate advocates for parents who want as much involvement with their children as possible after divorce. Our experience extends to international custody disputes, intensely contested cases involving allegations of abuse or other wrongdoing, quests to establish non-parent custody and other complex matters.
Discuss Your Divorce And Custody Goals With A Proven Family Law Attorney
To speak with an Orange County joint custody lawyer prepared to fight for your parental rights and the futures of your children, please contact The Law Offices of Burch, Coulston & Shepard, LLP by calling (949) 565-4158.
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