Los Angeles Child Custody Lawyer
Protecting Children in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles
At Stolar Law Group in Beverly Hills, we help our clients work out physical and legal child custody arrangements that allow them to maintain the most vital possible relationships with their children. California child custody law dictates that child custody and visitation determinations are to be made from the child’s best interest standpoint.
Why Choose a Custody Lawyer from Stolar Law Group?
Steven Stolar is an experienced child custody attorney serving Los Angeles. As your legal counsel, he will help you work out a parenting plan that protects your parental rights. He has over three decades of experience and has worked with many experts in the field, giving his clients even more of an advantage.
Our law firm provides legal representation for custody cases involving:
- Custody of special needs children
- Fathers’ rights
- Rights of unmarried parents
- Interstate custody disputes
- Visitation and parenting
- Grandparents’ rights
- Stepparent adoption
- Children of domestic partnerships
- Creative child custody agreements
- Emergency custody for children in danger
How Is Child Custody Determined in California?
In California, courts are primarily interested in what is known as the “best interest of the child.” That means they will determine child custody in a manner that best suits the child—not the parents. They will also evaluate custody fairly. For example, 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, California courts will consider the following factors:
- The child’s age and health
- The emotional tie between the parents and the child
- The ability of a parent to care for the child
- Any history of violence or substance abuse
- The child’s tie to their school, home, and community
Those are only the tip of the iceberg. Some other factors that may be considered include:
- The activities that the parent is involved in with the child
- The 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, the “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. This may lead to a situation where sole physical custody and joint legal custody will work best for the 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 relationship.
Because each family is unique, it is important to work with a Los Angeles family law attorney who can work with you to create the right solution for you and your family.
The Relationship Between Child Custody and 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.
Discuss your child custody rights and legal options today; call (818) 600-6534 to speak with a child custody lawyer in Los Angeles at Stolar Law Group.
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: This 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. We can petition to grant you full physical custody with limited or no visitation rights for the other parent.
- Joint Physical Custody: This 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 for 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.
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Crafting Creative Child Custody Agreements in Beverly Hills
When it comes to resolving child custody matters, Stolar Law Group encourages 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.
Our Los Angeles child custody lawyers may suggest a variety of strategies, such as:
- Involving grandparents to occasionally pick up at school or fill in another gap.
- Using technology! An agreement can include a provision that the custodial parent provides a phone, e-mail, or video conferencing so the noncustodial parent can have daily contact.
- Coaching your child’s sports team or volunteering to drive to a music lesson.
Beverly Hills Custody Lawyer Protecting Your Parental Rights
At Stolar Law Group, we never lose sight of our goal: to help our clients maintain the richest-possible relationship with their children. We often accomplish this through the use of 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.
Our firm serves clients throughout L.A. County, including Beverly Hills, the San Fernando Valley, and everywhere in between. We also represent clients across the state, from San Diego to San Francisco. Our multilingual team can assist you in English, Spanish, Armenian, Arabic, and Hebrew.
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With over 40 years of dedicated experience, we are trusted not only within the legal community but also by the media. We bring facts to the table and explain the law in layman’s terms without complicating it with legal jargon.
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Our goal is to help you and your family find peace and resolution. Sometimes, that means coming up with creative solutions to unique situations. We work directly with you to ensure we obtain the best possible outcome on your behalf.
Focused On Your Best Interests
For many, it can be intimidating to meet with a lawyer when you don’t know what to expect. It can also be emotional. We create a comfortable atmosphere and work with our clients as if they are family.
Need Emergency Child Custody in Beverly Hills?
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.
At Stolar Law Group, we understand 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 your child.
California courts prioritize children’s safety in all situations, but it can be difficult to know how to approach an emergency involving a parent who has lawful custody and/or visitation rights. Our 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
Have questions regarding your case? Speak with a Los Angeles child custody attorney today! Call (818) 600-6534 or contact us online for a complimentary consultation.
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Is it more likely that a mother will get custody?
It used to be common for courts to favor mothers when it came to custody decisions, especially in cases where the child was in the “tender years” of five and under. This, however, has been rejected almost entirely in most states, and in the rest, it is only used as a “tie-breaker” in cases of equally fit parents and preschool children. No state automatically awards custody to a mother regardless of each parent’s unique fitness.
Does child support affect custody and visitation rights?
While related, child support does not directly affect custody and visitation rights. What this means is that a parent cannot refuse to let the other parent see the child just because the support was not paid. On the flip side, a parent cannot refuse to pay child support just because they have been denied visitation with the child.
What happens if both parents live in different states?
Determining child custody could become complicated if the parents involved do not reside in the same state. That being said, it is not impossible. All states have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), which created a standard for courts in determining and accepting custody decisions.
Under UCCJEA, states can decide on custody if one of the following is true:
- The state is the “home” of the child, meaning the child has resided there for at least six months or was living in the state before a parent took them.
- The state has people with significant connections to the child, such as teachers.
- The child lives within the state and would be at risk for abuse or neglect if sent away.
- There is no other state that can meet one out of three tests listed above, or a state can pass these tests but has subsequently declined to make a custody decision in the case.
What happens if one parent wants to move away?
While moving—especially to a different state—is always a complicated affair, it is never more complicated than when it involves a divorced family and their children. If you are interested in moving after a divorce, or if your ex-spouse is considering relocation, it is crucial you talk to a lawyer since these laws change frequently, and you need to protect your rights.
In most cases, parents who have sole physical custody will be able to relocate with the children—unless the other parent can prove that such a move would not be in the child’s best interest. This is generally only true, however, in cases where sole physical custody is permanent, something that is not always clear. In cases where parents share joint physical custody, the parent who wants to move with the children will need to prove to the court that the move would benefit the child and be in their best interests.
How are an agreement and a judgment different?
In some child custody cases, the parents will be able to work together to determine an agreement regarding the custody of their child or children. Should the parents, with their lawyers, be able to draft a written agreement that is signed by two or more parties, it is a binding, enforceable agreement. However, a court will not be able to enforce such an agreement unless it becomes a court order, also known as a “judgment.” In some cases, the court will be able to take the components of the agreement and incorporate them into the final judgment. The judgment would then replace the agreement, and the court would be able to enforce it in case of future violations.
Does joint physical custody mean that parents’ time with a child is split 50/50?
It is often difficult for a child to split their time completely even, so it is common for a child to spend more time with one parent over the other—even when joint physical custody is awarded. In these cases, the parent who has the child most is the “primary custodial parent.”
Does joint legal custody mean that the other parent and I always need to agree?
No! You are both still human and are bound to have differing opinions on how to raise your child together. What joint legal custody means is that both parents have the legal right to make decisions regarding their child and that no parent can decide on their own.
Parents who have joint legal custody of a child are encouraged to work together to agree on decisions to avoid going back to argue about custody matters in court.