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Child custody is one of the most emotional and contested issues in any divorce case. At Moradi Saslaw, we understand the effect that a child custody decision has on the lives of you and your children. That is why we are committed to fighting for your best interests and striving for a positive outcome with the least impact on your children.
Our Palo Alto child custody and visitation attorneys offer:
Every child custody case is unique. Contact Moradi Saslaw today to find out how California’s child custody laws apply to your situation.
The Palo Alto family law attorneys at Moradi Saslaw can provide you with the legal support and resources needed to protect your parental rights and create a plan for moving your case forward through the custody process. We are experienced in all manners of custody disputes and can offer a detailed analysis regarding the possible outcome of your custody matter.
Additionally, Moradi Saslaw’s attorneys can do the following:
Speak with Moradi Saslaw’s Palo Alto office now to schedule a confidential case consultation. One of our attorneys can analyze your case and advise you of the next best legal steps to take in your child custody matter.
There are two types of custody in California, legal and physical. Parents are encouraged to work together and share one or both types of custody. However, the court will decide on a custody arrangement when parents are unable to agree of their own volition.
In California, the court bases its custody decisions on the best interests of the child. The court does not favor either parent when making a custody decision.
The best interests of the child include:
The court may award parents joint legal and physical custody, sole legal and physical custody, or any combination of the two.
Legal custody is the right to make significant decisions about a child’s welfare, including:
Physical custody refers to where a child resides. If a child lives primarily with one parent, that parent is known as the custodial parent. The other parent is the noncustodial parent and typically has visitation rights.
Parents with whom a child resides for an approximately equal time have joint physical custody. When one parent has sole physical custody, the other usually follows a visitation schedule designating visitation times and child exchange points for visits. A parent is rarely barred from any visitation with their child.
Parents can change or modify an existing custody and visitation order either by agreement or by filing a motion with the court. If the change is not an agreed modification, there must be a significant change of circumstances that necessitates modifying the order in the child’s best interests.
Whether you need to establish, enforce, or modify a custody and visitation order, you can rely on Moradi Saslaw to meet your legal needs. Contact our attorneys in Palo Alto to find out more about our full-service family law firm.