Encino Child Custody Attorney
Putting You & Your Children First
Getting a divorce is never easy for anyone, but spouses who have children together often face particular challenges. As you navigate your divorce, you are probably worried about the well-being of your children and how the divorce will affect them. Determining child custody is often the most difficult and contentious part of a divorce between parents.
At Akbarian Law Group, we want to help you through this tough family law process. We recognize the difficulty of custody negotiations but are eager to offer you strategic representation that prioritizes not only your needs and goals but your child’s best interests.
To discuss your case with our firm, please call (818) 805-0212 to schedule an initial consultation.
Custody Options in Los Angeles
When determining custody, you’ll have to decide both legal and physical custody. Legal custody refers to a parent’s authority to make decisions about the child’s healthcare, education, and general welfare. Physical custody refers to which parent the child lives with. Both types of custody can be shared jointly or held by one parent. Custody arrangements are flexible and can be determined on a case-by-case basis. For example, both parents might agree to share equal legal custody but grant one parent sole physical custody.
In California, courts generally hold that:
- Any custody arrangement must reflect the child’s best interests
- Children benefit from having a relationship with both parents
At Akbarian Law Group, we can help you review your options and understand your rights as a parent.
How Courts Determine Custody
In some cases, the two parents can come to an agreement about how they will share custody. In others, the court needs to step in and issue a ruling on their behalf.
When awarding custody, courts will consider various factors including:
- Each parent’s contributions to raising the child thus far
- The parents’ willingness to cooperate and co-parent effectively
- The child’s preference, if they are mature enough
- The child’s age
- The length of the marriage
- Any history of abuse or neglect
- Any history of alcohol or substance abuse
Before starting on your case, our Encino child custody lawyer will take the time to hear your story and understand the results you are seeking. Every step of the way, we work hard to help you achieve those goals and find a favorable resolution regardless of how contentious the dispute may be.
Child Custody Modifications
Over time, life changes and so might your child custody situation. If changing circumstances are begging a change to your custody arrangements, Akbarian Law Group can help you seek a modification. We can build a case illustrating the severity of your life change that requires the modification.
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