A very crucial question in a divorce or legal separation case is who gets child custody and visitation rights. When deciding on a custody arrangement, many factors come into play. If you are considering divorce or legal separation and trying to decide on a fitting child custody arrangement, it is important that you consult with a knowledgeable California child custody attorney as soon as possible.
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Establishing a Child Custody Arrangement
Child custody is a very complex matter. Although priority is given to parents' and children’s rights, the state also has a definite interest in the child’s welfare and best interests. If you’re going through a divorce or legal separation and need to establish child custody, you’re probably wondering how that works. Actually, there are two main options:
- Option 1: You and the other parent can draw up your own terms and present them to the court for approval.
- Option 2: If you and the other parent can’t come to an agreement, you’ll take the case to family court, and the judge will use his or her best judgment to establish a custody arrangement.
As you can imagine, Option 1 is generally the quickest, least expensive, and most painless option. However, even the most amicable of divorcing couples can fall into traps without proper legal guidance. If you pursue this route, an experienced attorney can help you keep the conversation productive and on track.
If, on the other hand, you must go with Option 2, you will still want an attorney presenting your case. This gives you the best chance of arriving at the arrangement you believe is best for your family.