27 Feb Resolving child-custody disputes in California can be difficult
For married parents with minor children who are on the verge of divorce, questions about who their children will live with often sets off bitter legal battles. For parents who were never married, the battles may be just as intense, but the resolution can be more difficult under California law because there are no legal protections as afforded by marriage.
Under state law, however, courts usually put the best interests of children first in determining who will receive child custody. In cases where courts find that both biological parents cannot meet their minor children’s best interests, child custody may even be awarded to a third party. This is often seen in cases where there are allegations of serious abuse or neglect.
Many Californians nowadays apply for joint custody instead of sole custody. This means that children are often able to have both parents in their lives on a regular basis. In other cases, one parent may have primary custody of minor children through a court’s child-custody order, but the noncustodial parent is awarded visitation rights. If there are any allegations of abuse, then visitation is typically supervised.
With decades of experience in California’s family courts, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Damian Nolan are able to look at each case in its entirety. They have, for example, aided many custodial parents establish reasons why visits by noncustodial parents should be supervised or monitored. In other cases, they have helped parents regain custody of their children because of drug or domestic abuse, or because the original custodial parent has been incarcerated.
In fact, whenever the situation of either a noncustodial or custodial parent changes in ways that do not befit their children, child-custody modification orders can be sought. For more information, please visit our Child Custody webpage.