Families who are experiencing a divorce may have more to consider than just assets, alimony, or their new tax filing status. If during your marriage, you were fortunate enough to have children, your children may become a point of strong contention between you and your spouse when filing for a divorce.

Under the statutes of Orange County family law, during the event of divorce, child custody must be determined – which parent will retain full custody, or will both parents share custody jointly.

What is the California Child Custody Law?

California child custody cases are complicated, but the bottom line is that custody laws are meant to provide for the health, safety, and well-being of the child, and are in place to facilitate continued contact with both parents. California Family Code provides pages of legalese that can be confusing and frustrating for the parent who just wants to do what is best for their child. Wading through the law and building a winning case requires the mind and legal brilliance of an experienced and skilled Family Law attorney like Mr. David Gonzalez.

How is Child Custody Decided?

The goal in child custody cases is to do what is best for the child. In some cases, if the parents are believed to be unfit to provide care for the child(ren), adults other than the child’s parents can file for custody; godparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, stepparents, and grandparents have been known to fight for custody and win.

There are several terms regarding the types of child custody in California:

  • Legal Custody
  • Physical Custody
  • Joint Custody
  • Primary Custody
  • Secondary Custody
  • Visitation
  • Parenting Time
  • Time Share

In many cases, California courts will award joint physical custody to both parents. This means that both parents have some form of custody of the child(ren). You and your spouse can agree on what that means; weekends, holidays, every other week, or the child can live with one parent and have visitation with the other. The one thing that courts rarely consider during child custody cases is what the parents want, but you’ll want to work with a Family Law attorney who cares about what you want and fights to give it to you. That attorney is David Gonzalez.

What Should I Do?

Child custody cases are time consuming, emotionally draining, and can be an extremely difficult experience both for you and your precious children. Before you take on the courts you should consider contacting an experienced child custody attorney in Orange County like Mr. David Gonzalez. He is has invested over 15 years of his life aggressively defending families and their legal rights. Your initial consultation is free of charge and you will receive personal attention throughout the entire process from a caring and personable lawyer that safeguards the welfare of your children and will do his very best to help keep you and children together.