Navigating Child Custody And Visitation Disputes

Do you have questions about child custody or visitation law in California? If so, The Law Offices Of Kieran P. Brown can assist you.

Whether you are going through divorce, considering a paternity action or simply need help working out a custody arrangement with your ex, we can explain your options and guide you through the difficult legal obstacles. Our job is to help you maximize the time you are able to spend with your child no matter the circumstances. If you are the custodial parent, we will do everything possible to help you keep custody, and if you are the noncustodial parent, we will work tirelessly to get you more time with your child.

While we prefer to settle most family law cases ― especially when children are involved ― we possess the experience and knowledge to fight for your rights in court if needed. In fact, our two attorneys have well over three decades of legal experience between them.

When your child's well-being is at stake, you have no time to waste. Contact the child custody lawyers at The Law Offices Of Kieran P. Brown today for a FREE initial consultation. From our office in Norwalk, we serve clients throughout the surrounding area, including those in South L.A. County and Orange County. Reach out to us online or call us at 562-888-5238.

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Child Custody In California: The Basics

If you and your child's other parent are unable to come to agreement regarding a workable child custody arrangement or visitation schedule, the court may have to step in and establish a parenting plan for you. However, regardless of whether you create your own custody agreement or leave the decision up to the court, it is important to remember that your child's best interest is given primary consideration.

When determining what actions are in the best interest of your child, several factors may be considered, including:

  • The safety, health and welfare of the child
  • The child's preference, but only if he or she is mature and old enough to express a preference
  • Any history of abuse or domestic violence by either parent
  • Any history of substance abuse by either parent
  • The current living arrangement of the child as well as the duration and adequacy of such an arrangement
  • The stability and impact of any proposed living arrangement on the child
  • The nature and amount of contact the child currently has with each parent
  • The ability of each parent to encourage a meaningful and continuing relationship between the child and the other parent

While these are some of the most important considerations, a court is free to examine any factor that is relevant and may have a bearing on the child's well-being.