Despite the circumstances surrounding divorce, no parent imagines raising their child separate from their spouse when they enter into marriage. Therefore, determining a child custody plan is an extremely complicated and emotional experience. After all, every parent wants to be a permanent and active part of their child’s life. Coming up with the best possible child custody plan, however, is about more than what works for you and your spouse. Determining a successful child custody plan requires figuring out what is best for your children.
If you’re navigating through a divorce that involves child custody, it’s essential to understand that things don’t have to be highly complicated, and there’s a place you can turn for help. At the Riverside law offices of Bratton Razo & Lord, we’re dedicated to protecting your parental rights. We will help you come up with a child custody and visitation plan that works for your family.
Factors for Determining Child Custody in California
With dedicated experience since 1989, we have helped all types of families in Riverside and the surrounding area come up with flexible child custody plans that work. In California, mediation is required for all parties developing a child custody plan. At your side throughout the process, our lawyers will make sure you understand the factors considered by the court:
- Parenting Time Desired
- Holiday Time
- Time Available
- Past Primary Caregiver
- Child’s Wishes
When determining child custody, it’s extremely important to our offices that you consider the best interest of your child. If you’re working to win custody to get back at a spouse or simply prove a point, you’re not working toward custody for the right reason. At Bratton, Razo & Lord we want to partner with parents who want the best for their children and look forward to hearing from you about your case.
Understanding Custody Types
It’s equally important to understand the different types of child custody. Whether you’re interested in working out a joint custody plan or you believe it would be in the best interest of your children for you to have sole custody, we will help you understand each facet of your plan:
- Legal Custody: This concerns your ability to share information and make decisions regarding your child’s medical, educational, and general welfare needs.
- Physical Custody: This considers actual times the child may spend with each parent. There are no set formulas for arrangements as each case is unique.
In developing a custody agreement, it’s also important to come up with a parenting plan that includes visitation rights and schedules.
Child Custody Modifications in California
As your children get older and your life circumstances change, there might be a reason to change the initial child custody agreement determined at the time of your divorce. Common reasons for modifications include:
- Parental Relocation
- Changes in Parental Finances
- Changes in Parental or Child Health
- Child’s Age
- Child Preference
- Child Stability
Despite the reason for modifications, unfortunately, changing an agreement is not always simple. Many divorced parents have a difference of opinion and preferences which hinder the case from unfolding smoothly.
If there’s been a major change in your circumstances since the time of your original child custody settlement, we can help you achieve the necessary child custody and visitation modifications.
Experienced & Professional Riverside and San Bernardino Child Custody Lawyers
Coming up with the right child custody plan is an important part of building the best possible relationship with your children. If you’re ready to get started on the right path to figuring out child custody terms for your family, it’s time to reach out to an experienced and professional child custody lawyer for help.
The attorneys at Bratton Razo & Lord have more than 80 years of combined experience practicing family law in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Each of our partners is a member of the Riverside Bar Association and is highly rated on Avvo by past clients.
Call our offices at 951-684-9000 for your free consultation so we can help you. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by. We’re located near the Riverside courthouse, and our offices offer free parking. We look forward to meeting you soon!