Long Beach Child Custody Attorney
Fighting For The Best Interests of Your Child in LA County
Any divorce can be challenging. When a divorce involves children, the situation becomes even more excruciating. It is no longer merely about looking out for yourself; you have to be concerned with the safety and well-being of your child. Not to mention, you begin to worry about losing precious time with your child.
At Alternative Divorce Solutions, we understand the added burden and emotional turmoil that divorcing parents face. Our Long Beach child custody lawyers are committed to protecting your parental rights during your divorce. Above all, we help everyone involved keep their focus where it should be: the child’s best interests.
Maintain Control of Child Custody Decisions
In California, you and your spouse are allowed to decide how you want to arrange custody. This includes making decisions about who the child will live with, who will make major life decisions for the child, and when the child will spend time with each parent.
If you are having difficulty reaching an agreement, your first option is to try to resolve your dispute through mediation. Our divorce-mediation lawyers have years of experience helping parents reach resolutions that work for both parents and protect the rights of their child.
How is Child Custody Determined?
When parents cannot agree on the terms of child custody, the matter will be brought before a judge who will decide for them. A judge’s primary concern when evaluating a child custody case is the best interest of the child.
To determine the best interest of a child, the court considers several factors, including:
- The health of the child
- The age of the child
- The ability of each parent to care for the child
- The child’s relationship with each parent
- The child’s preference (if the child is mature enough to make intelligent decisions)
- Any past criminal, domestic violence, or drug history
- The financial assets and earning capacity of each parent
- The child’s ties to his or her home, school, or community
What Makes You an Unfit Parent in California?
Factors used to determine if a parent is unfit for custody in California include:
- How involved the parent has been with the child in the past
- How well the parent is able to both understand and meet the child’s needs
- How the child feels about the parent
- If the parent responsibly sets age-appropriate limits for the child (curfew, safety, bedtime, etc.)
- How the parent deals with conflict particularly with the other parent
A history of any of the following:
- Child abuse
- Domestic violence
- Substance abuse
- Mental illness
If you have any additional questions about this, do not hesitate to contact our firm for help!
How Does 50/50 Child Custody Work?
50/50 schedules are often beneficial to the child, as he or she can spend time in both parents' homes. The child is given the chance to bond with both parents, creating a loving relationship where the child feels cared for. This scenario is ideal if the parents live relatively close to one another, making the process more manageable.
To stay in control of your child custody case, turn to Alternative Divorce Solutions. Our divorce mediation services have helped many couples save the time, money, and heartache involved in going to court.
“Thank you for all your knowledge, conscientiousness, and kindness.”- Beverly
“First and foremost, I found that I had a lot to learn about the divorce mediation process. I did not exactly know what the role of the mediator was or if we would still have to go to Court.”- Donald B.
“I was so stressed out before I went to ADS. Once I got there Lani sat with me and my husband and explained the whole mediation process. After I left I knew exactly what to expect and ADS lived up to my expectations.”- Giz S.