Helping Parents With Joint And Shared Custody Agreements

In the past, it was widely believed that a child was better off with his or her mother, regardless of any extenuating circumstances. This point of view has shifted, and the law now recognizes that children benefit from having a relationship with both parents and is some circumstances are better off with the father.

At the Riverside-based Law Offices of Linda J. Claypool, our attorney helps both unmarried and divorcing parents with all issues involving child custody. To find out how we can help you, call us at 951-787-8700.

Legal Custody vs. Physical Custody

There is an important distinction between the two types of custody that are recognized by California law.

Legal custody refers to the right of a parent to make major life decisions on behalf of the child, such as decisions involving health care, religious upbringing and education. Typically joint and shared custody agreements grant legal custody to both parents.

Physical custody refers to the actual physical residence where the child will be spending his or her time. Another term that is associated with physical custody is visitation. The court's goal is to maximize the time that the child or children spend with each parent, with the belief that doing so is in the best interests of the child. The schedule does try to take into account the child's schooling, extracurricular activities, each parent's work schedule, etc. Health and safety concerns are also taken into account when the court makes orders for visitation.

Finding A Resolution Everyone Can Agree On

For most, your children are the most important thing in your life. As a result, child custody disputes can quickly become contentious. We understand what is at stake, which is why we take a compassionate approach that keeps the best interests of your children in mind balanced with your needs and preferences. We believe that most people are better off when an agreement can be reached through negotiation whenever it is possible, and we will work closely with you to come up with a plan that everyone can agree upon if it's feasible in your situation.

If You Have Questions About Custody Rights, Contact Our Lawyer

We are prepared to put our years of experience to work for you in your custody matter. Call us at 951-787-8700 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.