Child Custody Myths

Child custody disputes are never easy. The stress of the situation can be compounded by the amount of myths and misinformation that surround this area of the law. At the Law Offices of Linda J. Claypool in Riverside, our attorney has extensive experience helping people successfully resolve custody issues. We can help explain things and explore your options while providing clarity to your family law matter. To learn more, call us at 951-787-8700.

Myth: Custody Will Always Be Granted To The More "Traditional" Parent

In the past, a person's religious beliefs (or lack thereof), sexual orientation and lifestyle may have played a role in custody decisions. However, the courts now focus less on a parent's lifestyle and make custody determinations based on what is in the child's best interests.

Myth: The Court Must Decide The Terms Of A Custody Agreement

Child custody determinations do have to result from a bruising battle in court. Ultimately, the court must approve any child custody agreement. However, you can negotiate the terms of an agreement with your ex, through your lawyers or with the help of a third-party mediator.

Myth: The Child Has No Say

Depending on a child's age and level of maturity, the court may factor his or wishes into its custody decision. However, this does not mean that the child has the final word on where he or she is going to live.

Contact Us To Find Out More About Your Custody Options

We are available to help guide you through the custody process, one step at a time. To schedule an initial consultation with our family law attorney, call us at 951-787-8700. You may also contact us online.