Child Custody in Orange County
How is child custody determined?
You and the co-parent may be able to determine what works best for the
child out of court by reaching a mutual agreement, perhaps with the assistance of a
mediator. Otherwise, the issue will be brought into a courtroom. California courts
aim to find the solution that is best for the child. Usually, the ideal
situation is considered to be preserving the child's relationships
with both parents, but the court may award sole custody to one parent
(the "better parent") if the other is deemed unfit. Courts may
even award custody to a non-parent guardian if this is what appears to
be in the child's best interests. To determine what is ideal, courts
examine factors such as:
- The wishes of a child (especially if the child is at least older than 12)
- Time the child spends with each parent
- The quality of each child-parent relationship
- Substance abuse by either parent
- Any history of domestic violence
- Criminal convictions
- Child's health and age
If there is a history of
domestic violence, courts will not want to award custody to that parent, unless there are
protection measures in place (such as might enable supervised
visitation, for example) or perhaps if the parent has successfully completed batterer's
treatment and a parenting class. The whole goal of the court's decision
is to establish the arrangement that preserves the best interests of the
child. We understand that this normally includes preserving your parental
rights so you can maintain a healthy relationship that is vital to both
you and the child. With your family's future at stake, you cannot
afford to be without wise legal counsel and strong representation.
How a Mission Viejo Child Custody Lawyer Protect Your Child
The Hunter Law Group, we have been passionately working for more than 15 years to protect the
best interests of families in the Orange County area. We understand that
your child comes first, and we want to help craft the parenting plan/custody
arrangement that provides your child with the brightest future. We provide
knowledgeable and experienced legal counsel that can bring about as optimal
a result as possible. We want to help safeguard you and your child's futures.
Call today to learn more about how we can help you!
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