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Child Custody

A Lawyer Who Fights For San Diego Parents

In divorce cases involving children, child custody and visitation can be a parent’s highest priority. At Ryan Family Law, we have a thorough understanding of child custody law, hearings and procedures. We can help you under the applicable California child custody laws and represent your interests in the courtroom.

Our three offices in San Diego help family law clients across the metropolitan area. Our founding attorney, Paul Ryan, will help you create a personalized case strategy and fight to get you the best possible outcome for your custody case. You can talk to Mr. Ryan in a free phone consultation by calling us now at 858-222-6600.

What To Expect In Your Child Custody Case

In a typical child custody legal battle, the family court judge will decide who gets custody based on what is the best interests of the child or children. The court bases their custody decision on what will give the child the highest quality of life, which can include many factors related to both parents and their child.

When deciding the custody arrangements, the judge may consider:

  • The child’s preference if they are over a certain age
  • The ability for parents to cooperate and give care
  • The age and health of a child
  • A parent’s history of abuse or substance abuse

Mediation is often the first step for resolving child custody and divorce differences. In mediation, a meeting with a neutral party will most often take place to bridge the gap between both spouses concerning all aspects of a divorce, including child custody. The role of the mediator is to suggest solutions that help both sides create a collaborative custody agreement. If the mediation attempts fail, the case will end up in court for a judge to rule on the matter.

It is important to note that child custody and a child support order are two different things. The parent who gets primary custody of a child will receive support from the parent with whom the child does not live, also called a noncustodial parent.

What Kinds Of Custody Are Available?

It is essential that parents involved in child custody proceedings understand the two types of custody arrangements available in California. By knowing the types of custody available, you will know what is at stake in your case.

There two types of child custody in California are:

  • Physical Custody: Physical custody is the amount of time the child or children involved in the child custody arrangement a parent spends with the child or children.
  • Legal Custody: Legal custody defines which parent has the legal decision-making rights over aspects of the child’s life such as education, where they live, health and day care, as well as many other tough decisions about a child’s well-being.

Do Not Wait To Schedule Your Free Consultation

You can contact our law firm now to start the process of defending your parental rights. You can reach any of our San Diego offices by calling 858-222-6600 or by sending us an email with your contact information.

I’ve been working with Paul Ryan on a difficult case for over a year and he has been a God-send. He is smart, personable, very down to earth and a fighter. I had two terrible experiences previously with different SD firms, and hiring Paul has been a welcome breath of fresh air. I would highly recommend Paul, especially for active duty military and veterans.

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Nadine Martinez
Nadine Martinez
01:34 30 Jun 21
The detailed and step by step advise helped me through a nasty divorce! Thank you!
Hung Tran
Hung Tran
00:11 28 Jun 21
had consulted with Mr. Ryan He was responsive and answered my questions , was always pleasant and professional and... clearly explained my options objectively. He thoroughly reviewed and provided a realistic strategy, I was satisfied. I'd absolutely recommend mr Ryan .read more
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Janet H
23:06 03 Jun 21
Called to schedule a complimentary consultation expected to either not get a call back or, get a sales pitch. Neither... happened! Mr Ryan called me at my requested time and gave me valuable, important information. He provided me answers to specific questions regarding my situation. I now feel much more prepared and confident going forward. If you need some answers to your questions that may lead to action you take, call Paul more
Diane Kocheran
Diane Kocheran
14:57 08 Sep 20
Paul Ryan helped me to keep my Alimony after my ex husband tried to end it. Paul, along with his incredible office... staff was very honest with me, always quick to answer all my questions, quick to call me back and even gave me discounts when paying my bill on time. This law firm is incredible and I would recommend them highly. I live in Las Vegas and we did everything over the phone. The hearing was in San Diego.They really care about their clients and this was a difficult case. Thank you Paul and your entire office staff. You all are truly one of the greats and I appreciate all your hard work on my case. Thank more
19:13 26 Jul 20
Paul Ryan and Ryan Family Law did an outstanding job with my recent matter. Paul was very responsive to my inquiry and... matched me with one of his excellent attorneys, Paula. Paula was extraordinary! She was professional and conscientious. She developed a successful strategy and assisted me throughout the process and ultimately achieved exceptional results. I would recommend Ryan Family Law to anyone facing a family law matter!read more
Shawn Velasquez
Shawn Velasquez
00:13 10 Jun 20
Paul Ryan is awesome veteran attorney willing to help veterans. He took the time to call me back and go over my case... with me even on the weekend! I would recommend him and I'm definitely keeping his contact in my phone more
Estrellita McIlrath
Estrellita McIlrath
01:58 09 May 20
I could not be more impressed by the actions of the Ryan Family Law Firm. I contacted them on a weekend and was... expecting a call or email on Monday, but instead I was called within the hour and the plan to resolve my issue immediately started. I look forward to continuing to work with Paul, Paula and the rest of the firm and I have no doubt they will give me exactly what I want. Paula did an amazing job representing me and giving me a taste of what is to more
Patty OConnor
Patty OConnor
00:26 29 Feb 20
Paul Ryan is bright, very experienced and will have your back 100%. He is a great attorney who is able to explain the... ins and outs of family law with clarity. He also is a man with a great deal of integrity - you can definitely trust Paul with your case. Highly more
Scott Goodman
Scott Goodman
04:49 22 Nov 19
I have nothing but great things to say about Ryan Family Law. As the respondent in a divorce action, Ryan Family Law... (Paul Ryan, founder) consulted with me very thoroughly and my attorney (Paula) was just SO impressive with her attention-to-detail approach to my case. All contacts – email or phone call – made by me were always returned promptly (often in less than an hour) if my attorney was not readily available at that moment; at her end Paula kept me very, very well informed on all issues and movements associated with my case. Legal terms and common Family Law abbreviations were always explained to my satisfaction and understanding; communications with my attorney Paula or support/administrative staff was always prompt, professional and informative. Paula appeared in court alongside me or appeared on her own (as needed, recommended or prudent) and engaged opposing attorneys with tenaciousness and surgical precision on my behalf, resulting in a well-designed and favorable settlement.I would not hesitate to provide my most positive endorsement and candid recommendation for Ryan Family Law for persons wanting a tenacious and thorough approach to representing YOU for family law matters needing thoroughly professional handling and getting the highest possible probability for a favorable more
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Three Convenient Locations For Your Service

We strive to make our clients’ family law cases as stress-free as possible. Mr. Ryan is an accomplished family law attorney who can meet at an office near you. He will handle the challenges of your legal matter while you focus on taking care of your family. You can schedule your free consultation any of our three San Diego offices by calling us now.

Ryan Family Law Group

Three Convenient, Inviting Office Locations In San Diego County
Rancho Bernardo 11440 W Bernardo Ct
Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92127
North County 2173 Salk Avenue
Suite 250
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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