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Child Custody Attorneys in Los Angeles

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Parent with custody of childOne of the most stressful and difficult issues in any divorce or post-divorce situation is that of child custody and visitation. As a parent, you might be concerned about losing control of the relationship you built with your child, how the structure of your child’s life will be affected, and how to ensure the continuity of his or her life through custody, visitation, and living arrangements. These concerns can cause immense anxiety, leading to protracted courtroom battles that are stressful and emotional for the entire family.

At TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP, we understand how stressful and emotional this issue can be for any parent. After all, we have represented mothers and fathers during various child custody matters in Los Angeles since 1990. Led by three Board-Certified Family Law Specialists, our legal team is well-versed in the statutes, case law, and procedures pertinent to this issue. We are also familiar with the local courts and their personnel and have developed an understanding of how judges operate and relate to this critical issue. As your advocates, counselors, and representatives, we strive to help you achieve the results you seek.

Child custody dispute? Reach out to a Los Angeles child custody lawyer at (310) 455-8364 or contact us online today.

How Is Child Custody Determined in California?

Family law courts will look at many factors in determining child custody and visitation. However, the overriding principle for courts in California is to make decisions based on the child’s best interests.

In California, child custody falls into two separate categories:

  • Legal custody, in which a parent is given the responsibility and right to make important life decisions, such as those involving medical care, education, religious upbringing, safety, and other important aspects of a child’s well-being; may be awarded jointly or solely to one parent
  • Physical custody, which gives a parent the right to have the child reside with him or her; may be awarded jointly in which case parenting time may be close to equal or solely where the child will live only with one parent with a more reduced visitation schedule for the other parent

What Is an Unfit Parent in California?

California family law policy favors a frequent and continuing relationship with both parents. The court will only rule against any type of parental contact in cases where a parent may be considered unfit. Typically such cases would involve a history of domestic violence, child abuse, or where alcohol or substance abuse has occurred.

What Does the Judge Look for in a Child Custody Case?

Judges in family courts exercise discretion in deciding issues of child custody after hearing all of the evidence. However, their decision must account for a variety of factors prescribed by California law.

Other factors that the courts must consider in making a custody decision include:

  • Which parent has been the primary caregiver of the child thus far
  • The age and developmental needs of the child
  • The effect of changing the child’s residence, school, and accessibility to friends, may have on him or her
  • The willingness and likelihood of a parent in encouraging the child to have a continuing and healthy relationship with the other parent
  • The parenting skills of both parents
  • The work schedules and other commitments of both parents
  • The preferences of the child, should he or she be mature enough to decide

Reaching an amicable agreement on child custody and visitation can prevent a lengthy and emotionally-draining legal battle. Such an agreement can be possible through negotiation or mediation with your spouse, which may be required before going to court. At TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP, our Los Angeles custody attorneys are highly-skilled negotiators and can provide mediation services to help meet this need.

We strongly encourage you to consult one of our experienced attorneys as soon as possible in any divorce or post-divorce custody matter. Our legal team is ready, willing, and able to provide you with extensive expertise, driven by our genuine dedication to outstanding client service.

Schedule your free initial consultation with one of our distinguished attorneys at (310) 455-8364.

What It Means to Work with Our Firm

  • Three Board Certified Family Law Attorneys

    Our attorneys strive to meet the highest standard in Family Law. Our attorneys went through rigorous, voluntary examinations in order to attain this certification.

  • Over a Century of Collective Experience

    Our team is comprised of dedicated and experienced attorneys. When you work with us, you will have an entire team with over 100 years of combined experience advocating for you.

  • Our Clients Always Come First

    We take the time to get to know our clients. We listen to your concerns, educate you on the process, and come up with a resolution that will set you up for success.

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