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.