Many people have misconceptions about child custody and visitation, often based on things they have heard from friends and family members. The fact is that every child custody case in Elk Grove is unique and, under California law, must be resolved based on the best interests of the children.
In highly litigated custody cases when the child is old enough to have his or her wishes in the matter taken into account, our skilled Elk Grove child custody lawyers will assist in allowing the child to be heard. We usually use the assistance of a mediator who can voice the child’s wishes to the court. We try to minimize disruption and stress to the children involved.
Whether you choose co-parenting (parallel parenting) or decide on sole custody and a set visitation schedule, we will help you address you child custody questions involving:
- Shared physical and legal custody
- Child support
- Parenting Plans
- Multi-state/international issues
- Domestic violence concerns
- Establishing guardianships where needed
When approving a child custody and visitation plan, courts in California place the highest priority on the “best interest of the child.” We encourage all our clients in Elk Grove to put the interests of their children first as well.
Typically, it is in your best interest to settle custody and visitation matters outside of court. The agressive Elk Grove child custody lawyers of Bowman & Associates typically try to reach a settlement that is beneficial to you and in the best interests of the child, rather than let a judge decide what custody and visitation arrangement is best for your family. We believe that parents themselves are much better equipped to formulate a custody and visitation schedule than a judge, especially when that judge does not know you or your family from the next family.
Even divorcing couples who agree on a basic child custody arrangement – whether that means sole custody or shared legal custody and sole custody or shared physical custody – often need experienced legal counsel and advocacy to resolve critical details.
Whenever possible, the court will seek a solution that provides for frequent and continuing contact with both parents. This often means shared legal custody and primary custodial parent and parenting time with the non-custodial parent. But many other custody and parenting plan arrangements are possible.
Our experienced Elk Grove family law firm understands the child custody and visitation process in California. We will take the time to listen to your concerns and clearly explain how the family courts will interpret your child’s needs. We focus on helping you find a resolution that is truly the best for your children.
If you or someone you know has legal questions regarding child custody issues in Sacramento County, contact our seasoned family law attorneys for a free case evaluation. We are here to help…