Los Angeles Child Custody Lawyers
Safeguarding Your Parental Rights
Child custody is often one of the most contentious issues divorcing spouses will face as they dissolve their marriage. At Chung & Ignacio, LLP, our Los Angeles child custody attorneys understand that this is a difficult time for you and your family. We are dedicated to providing compassionate and knowledgeable legal counsel for every client we serve and seek to create personalized solutions to obtain the best possible results. Additionally, our team can assist you if you wish to obtain a modification of your current child custody arrangement.
Your children are the most important things in your life, so do not try to go through this on your own without proper legal representation.
Obtain the experienced help you need and contact Chung & Ignacio, LLP today at (323)-870-6577 to schedule a free and confidential case review with one of our Los Angeles child custody attorneys to learn more about what we can do for you!
Types of Custody in California
In a child custody case, there are two types of custody that could be awarded – physical custody and legal custody.
Legal Custody: Legal custody gives a parent the right to make important legal decisions in a child’s life, such as those related to education or health.
Physical Custody: Physical custody refers to the parent with whom he or she will live most of the time.
Generally, family courts consider it in the best interests of a child for both parents to be involved in his or her upbringing. Even if one parent were to be awarded sole custody, the other would be granted visitation rights.
How is Child Custody Determined?
You will hear the words “best interests of the child” frequently while in the midst of a child custody dispute. It is a phrase that encompasses all the elements involved in determining child custody, which include:
- The overall physical and mental health of each parent
- The medical and emotional needs of the child
- The child’s relationship with each parent
- Depending on the age and maturity level of the child, his or her wishes might be considered
- The child’s current routine
- Who is currently the primary caregiver
- The lifestyle and living situation of each parent
- Each parent’s ability to meet the needs of the child
- If either parent has a history of substance abuse
- If there is evidence of abuse or neglect
A lot is on the line, so do not attempt to go through this without proper legal help. Your children are far too important.