Elk Grove Child Custody Attorney
Protecting the Legal 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.
Call (916) 571-1550 to speak with a child custody attorney in Elk Grove.
What Happens if Parents Cannot Reach an Agreement About Child Custody in California?
In California, divorce parents who cannot reach an agreement about child custody and parenting time will have their matter decided by the court. A California 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 child custody order. The court will also make a decision that allows the child to benefit from “frequent and continuing contact with both parents.”
A California 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
How Long Does a Child Custody Case Take in California?
A child custody case in California might take up to 18 months or longer before it finalizes. Although courts in California often have a tight schedule, most of the time, hearings get rescheduled due to various factors. As a result, sometimes it'll take several trial dates before resolving a child custody case.
Can a Father Get 50/50 Custody in California?
Yes, a father can get 50/50 custody in California.
This is because California law favors joint physical custody, meaning parents share equal time with their children. However, the court will ultimately decide what is in the child's best interests, which may only sometimes mean 50/50 custody.
The court will consider several factors when making a custody decision, including the child's age, the parent's parenting skills, the stability of the parent's homes, and the child's wishes.
If the father can demonstrate that he can provide a safe and loving home for his child and that 50/50 custody would be in the child's best interests, he will likely be awarded 50/50 custody.
If you are a father seeking 50/50 custody in California, speaking with our Elk Groove child custody lawyer is essential. Our lawyer can help you understand the law, gather evidence, and negotiate with the other parent.
Our child custody lawyer in Elk Grove can also represent you in a California court if necessary.
If you are involved in a custody dispute, contact our experienced family law attorneys today at (916) 571-1550.
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