While divorcing or separated parents may disagree about many things, they nearly always agree on the fundamental issue: ensuring stability and security for children caught in the middle of a broken relationship. Child custody is an essential element of a divorce between parents of minor children. A child custody order should help ensure:
- Parental rights
- Security and stability for children
- The best interests of the child
It is equally important for unmarried parents to protect their parental rights and their children’s best interests by obtaining a court ordered parenting schedule.
Family Reorganization: Challenges And Opportunities
Parents who have previously been with their children every day and will now be passing them back and forth after a divorce or separation are often fearful and dismayed. They worry about details such as:
- Extended family issues
- School and extracurricular activities such as sports or music lessons
- Access to medical care, therapy, tutoring or other needed support services
- Friendships and neighborhood ties
- Effect of child custody percentages on child support
Mediation may prove to be the most effective method of arriving at a workable child custody and visitation agreement that a court will approve and a family can live with. More contentious cases may require litigation. Certified Family Law Specialist Justine A. Dell is prepared to represent clients vigorously in support of their parental rights and their children’s best interests, in settlement negotiations, in mediation or in the courtroom.
In successful cases, divorced or separated parents find opportunities along with the challenges. As hard as it can be to separate from children regularly, a mother or father often realizes by observation that children’s lives can remain secure and well-balanced when they are allowed frequent and continuing contact with both parents.
Child Custody Is Typically The Most Difficult Issue In Family Law
As a parent, you naturally want to protect your children’s strong parent-child bonds. You invariably sense the long-term significance of child custody and visitation. However, understanding the importance of your children’s best interests is one thing and getting through the challenges is another thing. A knowledgeable, proven-effective and compassionate child custody lawyer on your side can provide much-needed reassurance and guidance through the difficult process of settling parenting time arrangements.
Family law attorney Justine A. Dell, a Certified Family Law Specialist, is a member of the State Bar of California, Orange County Bar Association and the Warren J. Ferguson American Inn of Court. She is committed to her profession and community. She is well-equipped to advise you on child custody in a California divorce, child custody for unmarried parents and/or a child custody modification. Call 714-832-1530 or send an email to schedule a consultation.