Divorce or separation is difficult for children. They should not also have to endure child custody disputes between their parents. It is critical that the divorce and/or separation process and the ensuing settlement be centered upon maintaining continuity, security and love for your children. The best outcomes should ensure the best interests of the children as their centerpiece, and child custody and parenting plans that work well for everyone in the family result in great outcomes for children going forward.
Ensuring continued and healthy relationships among parents and their children following a divorce or separation is one of the hallmarks our divorce and family law work here at The Law Offices of Saylin & Swisher. We will compassionately support you while ensuring that your parental rights are protected and respected.
If you find yourself faced with custody issues or child custody disputes, we are here to bring more than 45 years of combined experience to your case to help you address custody issues with compassion and integrity.
Understanding California’s Custody Laws
In California, there are two aspects to custody: legal custody and the physical custody.
- Legal custody allows a parent to direct and guide the decisions that govern a child’s life — health care, education and schooling, for example.
- Physical custody determines where a child will live and how often a child will visit with the other parent.
Child custody and parenting plans are important documents because they set the roadmap for children and parents going forward. Because child custody and parenting plans are very important to your child’s success, California courts will prioritize what is in your child’s best interests, and work to ensure a continuous and ongoing relationship with both parents as long as it is conducive to a child’s well-being.
Why Divorce and Separation Settlement Is Often Preferable
Studies by child and divorce experts have shown that parents who minimize their disputes when it comes to child custody and other separation and divorce-related issues have children who lead happier lives with less disruption. From our experience as attorneys, we also know that good child custody settlements also make for easier co-parenting going forward.
Whenever possible, we can help you find and properly communicate those areas of common ground that are so important when it comes to making decisions about children and parents: where the children will live, how often they will spend time with each parent, and where and with whom children will spend holidays, birthdays, weekends and school vacations. As difficult as it may sound when the divorce and separation process begins, many parents do come up with thoughtful child custody arrangements that work well for the entire family, and hopefully avoid any child custody disputes in the future.
Working together now will build a strong foundation for effective co-parenting in the years ahead. It could also make it easier to modify your custody arrangement if circumstances change, such as one parent moving, or remarriage.
Call Us Regarding Your Child Custody Issues or Child Custody Disputes
We welcome the opportunity to work directly with you to address any aspect of child custody, including modifications of existing parenting plans. Once we understand your situation, we will pursue action aimed at making sure your children’s best interests are met, and that your emotional and financial health are also taken into consideration. We understand that the divorce and separation process can be difficult and we want to see your and your children succeed in the long term.
Our attorneys have used this hands-on approach to help hundreds of Orange County clients reach ideal resolutions to family law issues; we are ready to help you do the same.
Contact us to schedule an initial consultation: (949) 577-9240 or email the firm.