Experienced Roseville Child Custody Attorney

Child Custody Lawyer Serving the Families of Placer County, California

The fight for child custody does not have to break familial bonds or cause unnecessary strife. Often, both parties need the right representative to assist them in coming to an agreement that works for everyone, particularly the children. If necessary, any harm caused by the separation or divorce of the parents will need to be healed to ensure that parents can focus on working with one another for the best interests of the children. It is important for your legal representative to focus on maintaining and promoting a working relationship between the parents. When approached with integrity, securing a suitable custody arrangement can help both parents and the children adjust to all the changes they are facing.

How Child Custody is Decided in California

Child custody cases can end in a number of ways, depending on each parent’s health, behavior, and other underlying factors. If one parent is deemed unable to provide adequate care, the other parent will receive a greater percentage of custody for the foreseeable future. However, full awards are somewhat rare when both parents are fighting for custody.

In contested cases, the court system requires mediation to assist parents or guardians with developing a mutually acceptable schedule for shared custody. For example, one parent may have the children during the school year, while the other receives rights during time off from school, like holidays and summer breaks. If one parent’s situation changes, requiring a modification in custody, it is best when parents can work together to make such a change. However, if parents are unable to cooperate, then the only alternative is to return to court to have the judge reevaluate the custody and make changes as necessary.

Child Custody Requirements in California

In order to achieve the desired arrangement or make changes to the custody order, each case requires an intense attention to detail to identify the factors that will come into play. Legal representatives must carefully weigh those factors to appropriately advise their clients on their chances of success in court. Clients may use the provided information to pursue their desired child custody arrangement or adjust their own expectations as to the most likely outcome. Complicated child custody cases may require repeated court hearings and possibly a trial before the courts will rule.

How Our Child Custody Lawyer Can Help

At The Law Offices of James-Phillip V.M. Anderson, our family law attorney is passionate about putting the needs of children first and ensuring we keep their best interest in mind. 

Contact us online or give us a call today to set up a consultation with our experienced Roseville child custody attorney. 

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Call our office at (916) 282-7737 or contact us online to set up a consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need a lawyer to get a divorce?

    Strictly speaking, the answer is no. The state of California allows people to represent themselves. But—and yes, we understand we’re biased—there is a lot that is missed out on when a reliable and experienced attorney isn’t present. Important issues in the property settlement might be getting overlooked. Agreements on child support or spousal support might be less than what a spouse or parent deserves. And, even in the simplest of divorce cases, a lawyer can still provide efficient services in filing documents and responding to motions, allowing their client to focus on the next era of their life.

  • Who gets the house in a divorce?

    The house will be subject to California’s community property laws, which require a 50/50 split of all marital property between the spouses. Whether the family home ends up with a spouse or being sold will depend on how the settlement is negotiated between the two parties. There is no uniform rule on how any particular piece of marital property should be distributed.

  • How is child custody decided?

    Child custody decisions are made exclusively on the basis of what the courts deem is the best interests of the child. This will depend on a range of factors which will be unique to each couple, so there is no one-size-fits-all answer. But as an example, if it’s already been agreed that one spouse will get the family home, a court might deem it in the child’s best interest to live with that parent, simply for the stability of staying in the same house.