Williams & Javellana, LLP
Chico Custody Lawyer
One of the more difficult aspects of a legal separation or divorce is associated with child custody. In the state of California, Child custody refers to physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody pertains to where the child will live and with whom, as well as visitation for the non-custodial parent. On the other hand, legal custody deals with which parent is responsible for making major decisions that affect the minor’s education, health, and welfare such as where the minor goes to school. The court can award sole custody to one parent, or it can award joint custody to both parents. In the case of joint physical custody, each of the parents has certain rights and time periods that they are able to visit with the child but they are not necessarily equal. It is important for you to have legal advice when going through a child custody case in order to ensure that everything is cared for properly. You can use Williams & Javellana, LLP for that purpose and to look out after the best interest of both you and the children.
At the beginning of any child custody case, there is not going to be a parent which is favored by the judge. They are not permitted to give favor to either parent based on the sex of the individual. California law specifies guidelines which will help to ensure that the child custody arrangement promotes the best interests of the child. The primary concern of the court system is in the safety, health and welfare of the children involved in the child custody case. Additionally, it is considered that children benefit from frequent contact on a continuing basis with both parents, provided their welfare is not endangered in doing so.
In determining the health and safety of the child, a number of factors are going to be taken into consideration. In some cases, it may not be possible for unsupervised visitation to be given. This would be the case if one parent has been accused of certain types of sexual or physical abuse. Drug or alcohol abuse may also factor into the child’s health and safety and could restrict visitation in some cases.
If the child is mature enough to give intelligent input, the court may also take their preference into consideration. There is not an age that is specified, but it is more likely for a judge to consider the preference of an older, mature child. The skill of the parent may also be considered, as it may foster a positive relationship with the other parents. This can also add to the stability in the child’s environment.
It is important for you to have proper legal counsel when going through a child custody case. You want to ensure that everything is done properly and that the best outcome is given. For assistance through this difficult time, you can contact Williams & Javellana, LLP, who can help you through the process.
Gold standard for professionalism and ethics. Extremely knowledgeable and proficient in handling complex cases. Attorney Javellana took painstaking hours building a civil case, (co-ownership/property rights) and then he presented overwhelming evidence at trial. Mr. Javellana was on point for 3 days at trial where he tactfully asserted a powerful presence in the courtroom and systematically picked apart the defendents and he was quick to respond to the dirty trickery of the defense attorney with undisputable legal arguments. As a result of Mr. Javellana's detailed and powerful representation, the opposing side had no chance. Mr. Javellana was extremely organized and detail oriented throughout. Mr. Javellana won the case across multiple points and most impressively he obtained a permanent injunction against the opposing party. Additionally, Mr. Javellana, represented me with two other cases where his professionalism and his relentless tactical drive continued with successful results. I highly recommend Mr. Javellana. J.M
California June 20, 2015