Child Custody Attorney in Ontario, California

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.

My firm, the Law Office of Shelly Jean John, is proud to serve clients in Ontario, Riverside, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County, California.

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.

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Modifying an Existing Child Custody Arrangement

Once a child custody arrangement has been established, there are certain major life events that give you the opportunity to request a change to that agreement. For instance, if any of the following factors apply to your situation, you may be able to request a modification to your custody arrangement:

  • Loss of job by the custodial parent
  • The custodial parent isn’t holding up their end of the agreement
  • When you believe the child is in danger due to domestic violence in the custodial parent’s house
  • The custodial parent is thinking about relocating to a distant place
  • A change in the work schedule of either parent
  • The custodial parent is acting neglectful, abusive, or in an undependable manner
  • The other parent constantly ignores the visitation schedule that was earlier agreed upon
  • The custodial parent intentionally prevents the other parent from spending the agreed parenting time with the child
  • A change in the mental and/or physical health of either parent
  • The death of the custodial parent

Before initiating a new child custody proceeding, it is advised that both parents should try to talk with each other first, if possible, and decide upon a mutually acceptable agreement. However, if they are unable to work out a new agreement, taking the child custody modification case to court may be the ultimate resolve. An experienced family law attorney can help you understand the entire process.

Why Choose the Law Office of Shelly Jean John?

At the Law Office of Shelly Jean John, I understand how complicated and stressful it can be to decide who gets child custody and visitation rights. I have dedicated my career to handling matters of divorce, legal separation, and child custody. As an experienced family law attorney, I will be your legal advocate and handle every aspect of your child custody case.

Also, I will work with all parties involved to settle matters of custody, visitation, and child support in a very mature and effective manner. Even if you need to change an existing child custody arrangement, I can provide you with dedicated and compassionate representation. With me on your side, you can increase your chances of getting the best possible outcome in your child custody case.

Family Law Attorney in Ontario, California

Child custody arrangements have an emotional impact on all parties involved. If you are trying to establish child custody or are considering modifying an existing custody arrangement, you don’t have to go through it alone. Call the Law Office of Shelly Jean John to schedule a free consultation. I can help you protect the best interests of your child through my compassionate representation. I proudly represent clients in Ontario, Riverside, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County, California.