Child Custody Attorney San Diego
Helping Our Clients Navigate Through Child Custody Issues in CA
Divorce and separation are overwhelming enough, but when there are children in the mix, things become far more complicated. At the Law Office of George Gedulin, our San Diego child custody lawyers want to help you navigate your options when it comes to the custody of your children and help you keep them in your life. You need seasoned attorneys on your side who know how to protect your rights and fight for the rights of your children.
Types of Child Custody in California
If you and the other parent of your child cannot come to an agreement regarding custody, you need to become informed on the various options available to you. Child custody determines who has the rights and responsibilities that come with the guardianship of a child. The rights and responsibilities of a parent granted custody include making decisions about schools, religious activities, mental healthcare, medical healthcare, extracurricular activities, travel, residence, and more. The two main types of child custody in California are legal and physical custody and they can be broken down even further.
The four types of legal and physical child custody in California are:
- Sole legal custody – only one parent is granted the right to make important life decisions about the child
- Joint legal custody – both parents share the right and responsibility to care for the child and make life decisions for the child
- Sole physical custody – the child lives with only one of the parents and may occasionally visit with the other paren.
- Joint physical custody – the child lives with both parents
What Are Visitation Rights in CA?
When a parent isn't granted physical or legal custody of their child, they may be granted visitation rights. Visitation rights determine when a parent without custody can see their child and under what terms. A parent may be granted visitation according to schedule, reasonable visitation, supervised visitation, or no visitation.
Decisions regarding visitation are based on the best interests of the children, the situation of the parents, and other important factors.
Who Makes the Final Decision Regarding Custody & Visitation?
The final decision regarding custody and visitation of your child will be made in court by a judge. If you and your spouse are able to reach an agreement on your own, usually the judge will honor your agreement. Prior to making a decision on his/her own, the judge will usually send families to a mediator to try and come to an agreement, and if that does not work, the judge will step in, take control of the case, and make a final decision regarding custody.
Enlist the Help of a Five-Star Practice
Our team of San Diego child custody lawyers is backed by years of legal experience. We always strives to settle all family law cases outside of the court when appropriate. We have extensive trial experience and a proven record of success.
Make the best choice for your family by calling our San Diego child custody lawyers from the Law Office of George Gedulin today at (858) 281-4605.