Beverly Hills Child Custody Lawyer
Serving Beverly Hills & Southern California
At Stolar & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation, our
Beverly Hills divorce attorneys help our clients work out physical and legal child custody arrangements
that allow them to maintain the strongest possible relationships with
their children. California child custody law dictates that child custody
and visitation determinations are to be made from the standpoint of the
child's best interest.
As your legal counsel, our lawyers will help you work out a parenting plan
that will protect your parental rights. We have more than three decades
of experience and have worked with many experts in the field, giving our
clients even more of an advantage.
Our reputable firm can provide services involving:
If you would like to discuss your options under California law, please
call us (310) 984-1411.
How Is Child Custody Determined in California?
In the state of California, courts are primarily interested in what is
known as the “best interest of the child.” That means that
they will determine child custody in a manner that will best suit the
child—not the parents. They will also determine custody fairly.
Keep in mind that courts do not favor the mother over the father, regardless
of a child’s age or sex. Similarly, courts cannot deny a parent
custody simply because of a disability, religious belief, or sexual orientation.
To determine what is best for a child, the court will consider the following factors:
- Child’s age and health
- Emotional tie between parents and child
- Ability of a parent to care for the child
- History of violence or substance abuse
- Child’s tie to school, home, and community
Those are only the tip of the iceberg. Some other factors that may be considered:
- Activities that the parent is involved in with the child
- Amount of time that each parent spends with the child
- Any negativity that may exist—such as arguments, shouting, etc.
- Specifics for each parent, such as personal reasons, absence from home, etc.
In most cases, “best interest of the child” means continued,
frequent contact with both parents—something that can be accomplished
with joint custody; however, that is not always the correct solution.
In some cases, a parent may travel frequently for work, which may lead
to a situation where sole physical custody but joint legal custody will
work best for the family. Because each family is unique, it is important
to work with a Los Angeles child custody attorney who can work with you
to create the right solution for you and your family.
When joint physical custody is not awarded, it is important for fair visitation
rights to be awarded to ensure both parents can maintain their parent-child
Need Emergency Child Custody in Beverly Hills, CA?
If you have reason to believe your child is in danger, you need a Beverly
Hills child custody lawyer ready to do more than simply offer counsel.
Every hour you wait may be fraught with anxiety for the child's safety—but
you may also be worried that any action you take could make the situation
worse unless the law is on your side. Stolar & Associates, A Professional
Law Corporation understands what separated and divorced parents go through
when they suspect abuse or other harmful activity around their children.
We will move quickly and take the strongest action available to protect
California courts prioritize children's safety in all situations, but
it can be difficult to know how to approach an emergency situation involving
a parent who has lawful custody and/or visitation rights. Our Beverly
Hills family law firm is a resource for people across the cultural spectrum
with emergency needs involving the protection of children. We have the
resources to investigate the situation, begin building your case, and
get into court, often within 24 hours.
We have extensive experience obtaining ex parte custody orders, protective
orders, and modifications of custody and visitation orders based on evidence of:
- Physical child abuse or other forms of domestic violence
- Sexual abuse of a child
- Illegal drug activity or other criminal activity in the presence of minor children
- Knowledge of someone's threat or plan to illegally leave California
with a minor child
Physical Custody & Legal Custody: What Do They Involve?
The court is required to see both parents have the opportunity to maintain
a relationship with a child unless a parent is unfit. There are different
kinds of custody that may be issued.
The following are possible legal and physical custody arrangements:
Sole Physical Custody: Sole physical custody may be sought in cases in which your ex-spouse is
a danger to your child, such as when the spouse has been abusive or neglectful
or has substance abuse issues. Our attorneys can petition to grant you
full physical custody with limited or no visitation rights for the other parent.
Joint Physical Custody: Joint physical custody allows the child to split his or her time between
parents. We would be happy to discuss the many arrangements that are possible
when parents seek joint custody of their child.
Sole Legal Custody: If one parent is deemed unfit or is absent from the child’s life,
the court may grant full decision-making authority to one parent.
Joint Legal Custody: The preferred custody arrangement in California is one in which both parents
share decision-making responsibility over their child. Under this arrangement,
both parents have the authority to make important decisions regarding
their child’s upbringing, including decisions about education, major
medical care, religion, and more.
Crafting Creative Child Custody Agreements in Beverly Hills
When it comes to resolving child custody matters, we at Stolar & Associates,
A Professional Law Corporation encourage parents to work cooperatively
to find an arrangement for shared physical and legal custody that enhances
their relationship with their children. Whether you are going through
a divorce, have never been married, or are involved in post-decree modification
proceedings, we can help you craft a creative custody and visitation agreement
that reflects your goals and wishes.
We may suggest a variety of strategies, such as:
- Involve grandparents to occasionally pick up at school or fill in another gap.
- Use technology! An agreement can include a provision that the custodial
parent provide a phone, e-mail, or video conferencing so the non-custodial
parent can have daily contact.
- Coach your child's sports team, or volunteer to drive to a music lesson.
The Relationship Between Child Custody & Support
It is important to work with an attorney with the appropriate experience
in crafting parenting plans to see that the plan provides you with all
the benefits possible. The court's order for
child support will be partially based on the amount of time your child spends at each
residence. That is where the relationship between visitation, custody,
and support ends. A parent cannot withhold child support because of a
breach of the visitation agreement. Likewise, missed support payments
do not allow the custodial parent to deny visitation.
Beverly Hills Divorce Lawyers Protecting Your Parental Rights
As Beverly Hills divorce lawyers, we never lose sight of our goal: to help
our client maintain the richest possible relationship with his or her
child. We often accomplish that through the use of a creative custody
and visitation agreements. Many types of child custody options are available.
We can discuss the various parenting plan options that are available to you.
Have questions regarding your case?
Speak with our Beverly Hills divorce attorneys today!