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Child Custody Attorneys in Los Angeles

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Child custody is undoubtedly one of the most challenging and emotionally taxing family law issues you can face. Disputes regarding who should be granted custody of a child can become contentious quickly. Having a skilled Los Angeles child custody attorney on your side can protect your rights and help you find a favorable solution that best serves your children. The Law Help Center offers compassionate and thorough representation for parents in these situations.

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Types of Custody

Some parents are not aware that custody is not cut-and-dried – there are ways that parents can share custody and certain responsibilities.

California recognizes two types of custody:

  • Legal custody: Concerns major parenting care and decisions regarding the minor child, such as those regarding the minor child’s religion, health care, and education. In California, there is a presumption that parents should share joint legal custody.
  • Physical custody: Determines with which parent the child resides. Physical custody is often given to one parent, while the other parent is given visitation. However, a joint physical custody arrangement can be possible in the right circumstances.

How Custody Agreements Are Made

Parents may create a custody agreement on their own, and in doing so completely leave the courts out of their custody agreements. Either parent may have custody of their child and parents can decide to share custody of their child. If the parents create a custody agreement, they must then go to the court to receive an order reflecting that agreement. This court order is essential if one parent violates the custody agreement, as it provides the compliant parent with a means of enforcing the custody agreement.

If the parents are unable to agree on a custody arrangement, they may go through the court system to obtain a child custody order. If you are wondering about what determines custody or how to obtain full custody. please continue to the next section.

What Courts Consider When Determining Custody

California courts take into consideration a number of factors when making custody orders. Most importantly, the custody order must reflect the child’s best interests.

When determining the best interest of a child, courts take into account:

  • The age of the child
  • The child’s relationship with the parents
  • The child’s health and emotional well-being

If you are seeking to obtain full custody of your child, the courts in California require additional information. The considerations may include whether or not a parent committed domestic violence, was dependant on drugs or abused alcohol, or committed child abuse, among many other factors. Please do not hesitate to contact The Law Help Center, APLC for assistance if you are currently facing this matter. You are not alone. We are here to help!

If you are involved in a custody dispute, call The Law Help Center (213) 444-3155 to speak with a Los Angeles child custody lawyer today.

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