Santa Maria Joint Custody Attorney
Serving Families From Santa Maria to San Luis Obispo
Divorce can be a difficult time fraught with anxiety and frustration, even more
so when children are involved. California courts generally favor joint
custody when it comes to children in divorce proceedings in order to allow
for both parents to have significant time with the child. When you are
going through a divorce and need to ensure your rights are protected, call our
family law attorney who can advise you at every step.
Law Offices of R. Morgan Holland, L.C. has been helping families for
30+ years reach their goals. We have provided effective legal counsel for those facing
child custody disputes for numerous clients by walking them through the entirety of the process
and protecting their rights. When you are facing contested custody during
your divorce, make sure our firm is by your side!
Call (805)762-4465 or contact us
online to schedule a free initial consultation.
We serve clients throughout Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo. Do not hesitate
to give us a call!
What Do Judges Look For When Determining Custody?
In all decisions involving child custody, California courts are tasked
with judging in favor of the child’s best interests. This can be
subjective to some degree and our Santa Maria divorce attorney can push
for your right to custody as a parent.
In general, the child’s best interests include factors such as:
- Their age
- Their relationship with the parent
- The child’s preference if old enough
- The stability of any proposed living arrangements
- The ability of each parent to cooperate in childcare
- Any history of domestic violence
- Capacity of both parents to offer love, guidance, and support to the child
- Desirability of continuing a current living arrangement
The above factors are not exclusive and while being determined unfit is
an automatic disqualifier for a parent, other factors are not all given
Legal & Physical Custody
Two types of joint custody exist in California—legal and physical.
Joint legal custody means that both parents will decide in the making
decisions for their child regarding healthcare, education, and religion
of the child. This is very common in this state. Joint legal custody is
usually granted when parents cannot make such decisions together.
Joint physical custody is when a child lives with both parents for a significant
amount of time. Courts in this case will attempt to divide the time each
parent shares with the child as equally as possible.
Get experienced advice for your custody hearing by
speaking with our Santa Maria custody attorney during a thorough