If you have children with someone with whom you are no longer in a relationship with, whether you were married or not, you may be facing child custody and visitation issues. Regardless of your marital status, you as a parent have rights when it comes to legal and physical custody of your children. Every parent needs to understand how child custody works in California and the value of working with an experienced child custody attorney. Your attorney at the Ewing Law Group can help you build a strong custody case.
At the Ewing Law Group, our team knows that child custody and visitation issues are some of the most important to divorcing parents. We want to help guide you through what could be one of the most difficult situations you ever face and help you approach your child custody determination with greater confidence.
When you need legal representation in a case where the custody of your children is on the line, it is essential to choose an attorney who has established experience handling cases similar to yours. At the Ewing Law Group, our attorneys have more than 30 years of experience handling cases involving complex child custody and visitation issues. If you want a Sacramento child custody lawyer with years of professional experience and a keen understanding of California child custody statutes, our firm is available to help you with your case.
We believe in personal attention for every client we represent. If you entrust your custody and visitation case to our team, we will do everything we can to keep you fully informed about your case proceedings, help you build a strong case for child custody, and help you navigate the aspects of your case, whether you decide to negotiate or litigate.
The “Best Interests of the Child” in California Divorce Cases
In a child custody case, the ultimate decision concerning child custody will fall into the hands of the judge overseeing the case. California state statutes place a strict requirement on family court judges to strongly consider the “best interests" of the children involved. While this may seem like a vague standard, the reality is that the judge must use the evidence and facts in play when ruling on child custody and visitation. The courts will do so in a way that ensures the child will have reasonable access to both of their parents and experience minimal disruption to their life. Suppose a judge makes a determination about child custody. In that case, they will typically assess several factors such as the proposed living arrangements, age of the children, the child's educational needs, whether a parent has committed acts of domestic violence, the criminal records, if any, of the parents, and the child's unique needs. The decision may hinge on multiple factors and result in a complex but legally binding child custody arrangement that aligns with state laws.
Leaving this kind of decision in the hands of a judge can be difficult for parents. The judge may not have any knowledge of the personal issues within the family and feel beholden to strict legal statutes, ultimately deciding a child custody arrangement that may be legally satisfactory but fails to account for the unique individual needs of the children involved in the case. This is why you need an attorney from the Ewing Law Group experienced in the complexities of child custody cases.
How to Decide Child Custody on Your Terms
You and your spouse can negotiate child custody on your own terms instead of leaving the decision up to the judge. Whether you are involved in a divorce or just a custody case, it is always best if the parties can negotiate a resolution on their agreed upon terms. If possible, our office will help you through this negotiation process and draft the agreement so that it will be accepted by the court and become your binding court order.
Negotiating a divorce and/or custody case is a relatively straightforward process that can allow both parties to save significant amounts of money on legal fees while simultaneously expediting their case. If you and your spouse can negotiate a parenting plan that is mutually agreeable and imposes no unreasonable restrictions or requirements for your children, it is possible to keep the child custody decision entirely in your own hands.
Once you have successfully drawn up your divorce agreement, including your child custody agreement, your attorney will submit the proposal to a judge for final review and approval. At this point, the judge simply verifies that the proposed divorce agreement does not violate California state law and is reasonable given the circumstances and needs of the children.
Renegotiating Child Custody and Visitation
After you have negotiated or litigated your way to a child custody case, new issues may arise that neither party predicted. Unpredictable things happen all the time. A sudden change in your income, the need to move, the development of a medical issue, or the educational needs of the children could compel you to revisit your custody case.
Family law offers the unique opportunity to submit post-judgment motions to alter existing family law orders. For example, if you have been granted a set amount of visitation and are required to pay child support, you may need to file a post-judgment motion if you lose your job and are unable to pay the full amount of child support each month. You may also be in a different situation than you were when the visitation orders were made and would like more time with your children. It is also possible to file a post-judgment motion to account for moving, changes in children’s needs, and medical care. Your child custody attorney can help you assess the recent changes in your life and help you determine the most appropriate time and method for filing post-judgment motions.
Find Your Legal Representative Today
Handling child custody decisions without reliable legal representation can be incredibly difficult. It is an emotionally turbulent issue that requires careful analysis of California state law and measured judgment of the unique aspects of your family life that only an experienced child custody lawyer can provide. If you are concerned about child custody and visitation, reach out to the Ewing Law Group today to schedule a consultation with one of our child custody attorneys.
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