How can a divorce attorney help me with my Santa Rosa child custody dispute? Few aspects of getting a divorce can be more can emotionally difficult than the prospect of having to share parenting time with your soon-to-be former spouse. In some cases, parents may be concerned that they may lose their parental rights altogether. While laws that govern how California courts determine child custody are governed by statute, California courts have significant discretion in how they decide contested custody cases. As a result, anyone who is involved in a child custody dispute or anticipates that one may arise should discuss their circumstances with a Santa Rosa family law attorney as soon as possible.
There are many ways that an attorney can help people who are fighting to keep their children. Some of the most common are detailed below.
Represent you in out-of-court negotiations with the other parent of your child – Many child custody cases can be resolved with minimal court intervention. In many cases, settling disputes on your own results in a better outcome for both parents and can take some of the uncertainty out of the process. Unfortunately, when married people are in the process of divorcing, they often have difficulty communicating, especially about matters as important as child custody. When you are represented by an attorney, he or she will represent your interests in negotiations with your spouse or your spouse’s attorney in a way that may be more fruitful than if you tried to represent yourself.
Represent you in any court proceedings that may occur – Under California law, courts must determine child custody issues based on the best interests of the child or children at issue. The law specifically gives family courts the “widest discretion possible” in making these determinations, meaning that a judge can consider any factor that he or she deems to be relevant to a child’s interests. As a result, child custody determinations are often extremely fact-based, and the way that the evidence that supports your position regarding child custody is presented can have a significant impact on the outcome of a case. An attorney who is familiar with the way that courts make these types of decisions can often obtain a more favorable result than an individual who chooses to represent him or herself.
Advise parents as to how to maximize their chances of obtaining custody– Because courts have so much discretion in making child custody determinations, the way that parents conduct themselves in the period prior to the court making its decision can have a substantial effect on that decision. A lawyer familiar with California family law can help a parent develop a plan of action that can maximize their chances of getting the child custody arrangement that they seek.
Call a Santa Rosa Child Custody Dispute Lawyer
If you have concerns regarding child custody or other matters related to a Sonoma County, Mendocino County or a Lake County California divorce perhaps you should retain an experienced Santa Rosa child custody dispute lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a free child custody dispute consultation with one of our lawyers, call Beck Law P.C. at (707) 576-7175.