Child Custody

Facing the prospect of losing your children is one of life's greatest fears. Few things in life are as important as the relationship that you have with your children. Having them taken away from you can be an overwhelming thought — and unfortunately, not necessarily an unlikely outcome.

Despite what many people might say, men love their children and want to take part in raising their children just as much as women do. Unfortunately, the courts often don't honor the parental rights of men in the same way they do with women. It's not uncommon for men to have their parental rights stripped and trampled on, despite their genuine desire to be an active and loving parent. 

Seeing this level of injustice is a big reason why Men's Family Law serves as a strong and reliable advocate for husbands and fathers across Santa Monica and the greater Los Angeles area. I've worked with a number of clients who have been taken advantage of and had their parental rights reduced or completely revoked without even understanding that they've been taken advantage of by their spouse and the courts.

Having a strong father figure is important in the life of every child, and it's paramount that courts understand the benefit of positive male influence. That's why I fight hard for fathers to protect their parental rights and ensure they have every chance of maintaining and fostering a strong relationship with their children.

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Legal vs Physical Custody

In the state of California, there are two types of child custody:

  • Legal Custody - This identifies who makes important decisions for the children (such as health care, education, and other decisions). 
  • Physical Custody - This type outlines who the children will live with. 

Legal custody can be ruled as either joint or sole custody. Joint custody will result in both parents sharing the right and responsibility to make decisions for the child, while sole custody will give only one parent the right and responsibility to make decisions. Parents who choose to share legal custody will each have the right to make decisions about how the child is raised — from where they go to school to important medical decisions and religious activities. 

The parents do not have to agree on every decision, and either parent can make a decision on their own — but to avoid ending up back in court, it's important that both parents communicate and cooperate together whenever possible. 

Determining Physical Custody

Physical custody can also be ruled as either joint or sole custody. Joint custody will result in the child or children living with both parents, while sole or primary custody means the child will live with just one of the parents. Joint physical custody does not automatically mean that the child must split time evenly between the parents. Typically, the child will spend a little more time with one parent versus the other because it's simply too difficult to split time exactly in half. Whichever parent has the child for more than half the time may be considered the "primary custodial parent."

If sole custody is awarded to one of the parents, that doesn't mean the other parent cannot be awarded visitation rights that will allow them to see the child. Visitation orders can vary depending on a number of different factors, but generally speaking, the courts will usually make their decisions based on what's best for the child.

Put Experience on Your Side

With so many factors at play during a custody battle, it’s so crucial that you have a skilled and experienced family law attorney working for you to protect your parental rights. There is nothing scarier than the prospect of losing your children — and that should be scary! There is nothing more important than preserving the relationship with your children, and you deserve to have a strong advocate on your side doing everything they can to ensure this doesn't happen to you.

At Men’s Family Law, we specialize in helping clients fight for their rights as a father, and we’re proud to do all that we can to help keep families together. If you or someone you know is involved in a child custody battle, call and schedule a simple case consultation today.

Child Custody Attorney Serving Santa Monica & Los Angeles, California

Going through a custody battle can be a scary and emotionally stressful process. Nobody wants to lose their child, which is why I’m proud to help my clients retain custody rights and keep their families together. If you’re facing a difficult custody battle, don’t face this fight alone. Put my extensive knowledge and courtroom experience on your side today.