Fighting For Lasting Custody Agreements
The well-being of your children is important to you. As you divorce, you want to ensure that you maintain a positive relationship with your children. Trying to understand how child custody and visitation plans work can be complicated and emotional.
You don’t have to navigate these processes alone. At Jarrette & Walmsley, LLP, our attorneys take the time to answer your questions and explain your options.
Understanding The Framework Of Custody
Both parents have a responsibility to care for their children monetarily and physically. Parents also have rights. When it comes to custody, there are two main types to consider:
- Legal custody: When parents have the ability to make important decisions regarding the welfare and upbringing of the child.
- Physical custody: When parents have to right to spend time with their children.
Both legal and physical custody can be joint or sole. Joint custody means that both parents share responsibility. Joint custody is the most common form of each. When parents share physical custody, one parent often has primary custody — meaning the child lives with that parent most of the time — while the other parent sees the child on a visitation schedule.
Determining Child Custody
California courts take several factors into consideration when determining custody arrangements. Ultimately, the custody and visitation plan is based on what the courts believe is in the best interests of your children — making health and safety top priority. Common factors include:
- Age, health, history and desires of each parent
- Ties the child has to school, home, family and the community
- Age, health and needs of the child
- Ability of each parent to care for the child
Changing Current Agreements
Court-established custody arrangements can be modified if your circumstances change. This can mean a change in schedule, job, new family obligations or one parent needing to relocate. When considering a modification, the court will again look at what is in your child’s best interests.
Pursue A Favorable Agreement Today
Whether you have a current visitation schedule in place that needs modified, or you are going through a divorce and will need to put a plan in place, our lawyers are here for you. Call our Los Olivos or Santa Barbara offices today at 805-697-7390. Fill out our contact form to initiate a consultation.