Child Custody In California

For parents involved in a divorce or separation, one issue rises above all others: the future care and well-being of the children. At the Law Office of Donald S. Eisenberg, our child custody attorneys have extensive experience guiding clients through these complex and sensitive legal matters.

Child custody is generally separated into two areas:

  • Legal custody: Involves decision-making authority over important aspects of the child's life, including education, health care and religion
  • Physical custody: Where the child holds primary residence

In deciding custody matters, the courts guiding concern is protecting the best interests of the children involved. The best option for your custody issue depends on a wide range of factors. Our lawyers can help you understand your parental rights and guide you through the process of establishing a parenting plan that protects the relationship you have with your child.

Parenting Time

In California, parenting time is the term now used to describe what was once commonly referred to as visitation. The change in vocabulary reflects an important difference in the way parental rights and responsibilities are viewed today versus in the past. No matter how things ended between the parents, a mother or a father should never be viewed as simply a visitor. The law favors both parents playing a meaningful role in the child's life. The specific timelines and activities that accompany those roles are laid out in the parenting plan.

Resolving Custody Disputes

Generally, if parents can come to agreement on custody matters, the court will approve the arrangement. If parents cannot come to an agreement, the court will order mediation through the Family Court Services. If mediation fails to yield an agreement, the parents must have their custody matters decided in court.

Our attorneys can protect your parental rights at any stage of this process. We strive to resolve custody and parenting plan disputes in an amicable manner that exposes the children to as little stress and acrimony as possible. However, when aggressive courtroom representation is warranted, we are always prepared.

Talk To A Family Lawyer Who Can Help

To discuss your child custody issue with an experienced and understanding attorney, please contact our Long Beach law offices online or by telephone at 562-546-5527.