Child Custody & Visitation Attorneys in Elk Grove
Protecting the Rights of You & Your Children
In a child custody battle, it is crucial to develop a parenting plan that puts your child’s interests first and allows you to spend maximum time with your child. When you turn to the Elk Grove child custody and visitation lawyers at Samra Dhillon & Associates, we can help you reach an agreement that meets your family’s specific needs and wishes.
What Is the Child’s Best Interest Standard?
In California, parents who cannot reach an agreement about child custody and parenting time will have their matter decided by the court. A judge’s decision is always based on the best interest of the child.
The child’s health, safety, and welfare are of primary importance when determining a custody order. The court will also make a decision that allows the child to benefit from “frequent and continuing contact with both parents.”
A judge may consider several factors when determining the child’s best interest, including:
- Each parent’s ability to care for the child
- Each parent’s co-parenting skills
- If either parent has a criminal record
- Any history of drug or alcohol abuse
- Each parent’s emotional and mental stability
- Evidence domestic violence or child abuse
- The child’s preference, if he or she is mature enough
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