Child Custody & Visitation in California

Legal Guidance from Our Pasadena Child Custody Lawyer

Are you entering a family law dispute with your spouse or ex-spouse? Does it involve your parental and child custody rights? Do not let matters slip through your fingers due to your unfamiliarity with the law and litigation! Contact a Pasadena divorce attorney from Cannon Legal Group right away to start understanding your rights and discover the best course of action for your unique situation.

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Understanding Child Custody Issues with Our Help

Due to the bond you share with your children, it can be incredibly difficult to think about giving up your rights to be with them or raise them. However, your spouse likely also feels the same exact way. Child custody disputes, therefore, can become difficult and heated legal battles, with or without a divorce. Before you begin legal processes surrounding this issue, make sure you are backed by an experienced attorney.

Different types of custody arrangements can be made depending on the needs of the child, such as:

  1. Legal custody: Given to an individual who makes important decisions regarding the child's healthcare, welfare, and education.
  2. Physical custody: Granted to the parent who will house, feed, and care for the daily needs of the child.

It is important to note that a judge is usually required to rule in favor of whatever parent can present a living situation that is “best for the child.” This means that you might not necessarily be arguing against your spouse in a child custody hearing, but instead building your own case to prove that your daily life is stable.

Aspects a judge will consider when determining what is “best for the child” include:

  • Income of both parents
  • Criminal history of both parents
  • Health of the child and both parents
  • Bond between the child and either parent

What is Visitation in Terms of Child Custody Disputes?

Visitation is often granted for the noncustodial parent when sole custody is awarded to the other parent. If you have been granted visitation rights to see your child every weekend, for example, you must be allowed to do so. Failure for either spouse to respect these court orders can lead to serious legal consequences. In addition, visitation issues can quickly arise when one spouse needs to move away, for one reason or another. To prevent complications and possible headaches, you should consult with a child custody attorney.

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At the Cannon Legal Group, we can work with you to help you find the most favorable solution for you and your children. Many child custody cases can be solved in an amicable fashion. When a friendly resolution is sought through an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse may come to an agreement that benefits all parties. If this is not possible, we can fight on your behalf in court.

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