Child Custody

Laguna Woods Child Custody Lawyer

Handling Your Dispute with the Utmost Diligence

One of the most devastating aspects of a divorce is the potential of losing the ability to live full time with your children. If you are going through a divorce or are otherwise engaged in a child custody dispute, the Law Offices of Steven Giammichele can help. Join us for a free consultation to discuss your rights and options during this challenging time. We have a proven track record of helping parents obtain custody arrangements that are fair and in the best interests of their children.


Call our Laguna Woods child custody attorney today at (949) 303-7811 for reliable legal counsel.


The Best Interests of a Child

In a California child custody case, both parents begin with equal rights to custody. A court will take several factors into consideration to determine how parents will share time with their children. Ultimately, a judge’s decision revolves around the best interests of the child.

In determining a child’s best interests, the court follows two guiding policies:

  • The court’s chief concern is the safety, health, and welfare of children
  • It is presupposed that children usually benefit from frequent contact with both parents

Within the confines of these two policies, the court can consider any issue relevant to parenting, and will take into account all the unique circumstances of each case.

Legal Custody & Physical Custody

Child custody cases consist of both legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to a parent’s right to participate in making decisions pertaining to a child’s health, welfare, and education. Physical custody, on the other hand, pertains to the child’s physical presence with a parent. In many situations, parents are awarded joint physical custody, which means each parent will have significant periods of physical custody. This does not necessarily mean the parents will have an equal amount of time with the child. If the parents are given joint legal custody, they share equal responsibility in making major life decisions for the child. Those who are awarded with joint legal custody may or may not be granted joint physical custody.

California courts favor joint legal and physical custody when both parents are in agreement. However, if the parents to not agree, the court will formulate a parenting plan that is in accordance with the child’s best interests. If a judge rules against a parent’s request for joint custody, they must provide a written explanation of why such a decision was made.

How to Resolve a Child Custody Dispute

In California, parents are permitted and encouraged to create their own parenting arrangements regarding legal and physical custody. Under California law, parents who disagree over custody matters must seek to resolve their differences in mediation before taking the matter to court. If mediation proves unsuccessful, a judge will determine a suitable custody arrangement.

If you are in the midst of a custody dispute, call the Law Offices of Steven Giammichele at (949) 303-7811 or contact us online. Our Laguna Woods child custody lawyer is dedicated to your success.

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