Glendora Child Custody Lawyer
25+ Years of Experience at Work for You
In a divorce proceeding, questions concerning child custody are often the most likely to incite frustration and contention. As a parent, you care deeply about your child’s future. Determinations regarding legal custody and physical custody are unique to each case and to each family.
Why entrust the Law Office of Charles J. Morris, Jr. with your case?
- Our lead attorney is a Certified Specialist in Family Law & Divorce.
- We maintain a 10.0 Rating on AVVO and have been recognized by Super Lawyers®.
- Our firm is well-respected and trusted in the legal community.
- We are committed to helping our clients reach the best possible outcome.
- Our founding attorney has 25+ years of experience.
Call (626) 587-2677 to learn more about our firm and whether we are a good fit for you.
Understanding Child Custody Laws in California
Family courts in California prioritize a child’s best interests and view involvement from both parents as important and ideal. This means that the court will look to establish some form of joint custody whenever possible.
Child Custody Terms & Meanings
If you have a dispute regarding child custody, the court can appoint a minor’s counsel to represent the interest of the child. If child custody is highly disputed, the parties can request, or the court can order, a child custody evaluation.
Child custody can refer to legal custody or physical custody and can be joint or sole:
- Legal custody encompasses the ability to make decisions on behalf of the child, including medical, educational and religious decisions.
- Physical custody concerns a child’s physical location – where he or she resides and who provides daily care.
- Joint custody refers to shared custody between the mother and father.
- Sole custody refers to one parent having total custody over the child, either legal custody, physical custody or both.
Most of the time, child custody disputes center around physical custody. Typically, there will be a primary custodial parent, with whom the child will reside the majority of the time. For the other parent, the time spent with the child is commonly referred to as visitation, shared custody or parenting time. A child custody lawyer will be better able to assist and guide you in these matters and answer any questions you may have relating to child custody, child support, and visitation.
Child Custody Modifications – Relocation
Where there has been a significant change in circumstances, a party can request the court to modify child custody or visitation.
The following may warrant a change of custody or a modification of a visitation schedule:
- Relocation (also called a move away)
- A parent’s new love interest who may have a drug or alcohol problem
- Any situation that may present a danger to the child
We also represent parties with international relocation problems, including Hague Convention cases or international kidnapping by one of the parents or relatives.
Schedule a Consultation with a Glendora Child Custody Attorney!
For assistance with a child custody modification request or to discuss your specific situation with an experienced family law attorney, please schedule a confidential consultation with our team today. We are known for our high standards of integrity as well as for our genuine care.
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