Child Custody Attorneys in Oceanside
Helping Parents Fight for Their Children throughout Vista, Escondido, San Marcos, Carlsbad and Encinitas
Divorce is rarely a simple matter, but when the spouses pursuing divorce are parents, it can become much more complicated. Child custody and visitation are among the most sensitive issues that can arise during a divorce. Finding a reasonable balance that respects the rights of both parents and protects the interests of the children can often be difficult. However, with the help of an experienced legal professional, finding a resolution for this issue can be much easier.
At Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, we know the importance of child custody and visitation agreements, and the damage it can cause if a person does not get the arrangement they want or feels is best for their children. For this reason, it is typically best to have a lawyer who is intimately familiar with family law and custody issues representing your interests. Our Oceanside child custody attorneys have the skill and experience needed to effectively resolve your case.
Contact us online or call (760) 621-7101 to learn more or to schedule a complimentary case evaluation.
The Different Types of Child Custody in California
Parents must understand the difference between legal and physical custody of a child. Legal custody refers to the parent’s authority to make decisions regarding how the child is raised.
This can include decisions such as:
- Where the child goes to school
- What type of healthcare he receives
- What religion he practices
The court will either award shared legal custody – which means parents must make these decisions together – or sole custody, which means one parent has the authority to make these decisions on their own.
Physical custody refers to the child’s living arrangements. In a joint physical custody arrangement, the child will go back and forth between each parent’s home. The parents — or the court — will need to decide how to split the child’s time between the two parents. If sole physical custody is awarded, the child will live with one parent. The other parent will typically be awarded visitation with the child, but this parent will not spend as much time with the child as the other parent.
What about child custody matters for unmarried parents? Learn more from our blog!
Enforcing & Modifying Orders
Though establishing child custody and visitation agreements is integral to finalizing the divorce between parents, making sure it is reflective of their changing circumstances as time passes is also essential.
As such, many people find themselves needing legal help with:
- Modifications to custody orders
- Modifications to visitation agreements
- Enforcing visitation agreements
Preparing for Child Custody Mediation
When preparing for child custody mediation in California, the first thing you’ll do is pull together all of the details that define your child’s daily goings-on, such as:
- Your work schedules (as well as your spouse or former spouse's)
- Any of your upcoming business trips
- Any school holidays the children have
- Vacation plans, sporting events, etc. – anything that can affect visitation and custody
It’s also not uncommon to meet with a child custody mediator or attorney to ensure they are a good fit. You want someone who’s listening more than they are talking. Of course, mediators and child custody attorneys are trained to be neutral and their ethics must be a priority. You want to come prepared and remain respectful of everyone else in attendance. Your mediator will discuss any specific challenges and will help his or her clients through what’s almost always an emotional time.
- Write down your perfect solution. Understand that your checklist won’t be completed, but it’s a great place to start.
- Your spouse will also have his or her own list and you both may be surprised to learn you’re not that far apart.
If there are some especially difficult challenges, the child custody lawyer is going to help you both negotiate solutions that first, benefit your children and second, benefit your needs as a parent. Compromise is where the answers are found and no one gets exactly what they want, save for the children; that really does happen only if both parents don’t show their disappointment. This can benefit both sides, as you work to find that middle ground.
Let Fischer & Van Thiel help you find a favorable resolution to your case. Call (760) 621-7101 to get started.
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