Santa Barbara Child Custody Attorney
With So Much at Stake, Choose Our Experienced Child Custody Lawyers
If someone is fighting you over custody of your children, especially during a divorce, there might be more at stake than you realize.
In California, child custody is split into two categories: legal and physical custody.
The consequences of losing – or maintaining – these types of custody, either wholly or partially, can radically impact the future of your relationship with your child.
At Morales Law, our Santa Barbara child custody attorney can help you fight to keep your role as a parent intact.
Should I Hire A Lawyer For Child Custody?
You should hire a lawyer for child custody for specific circumstances that need legal counsel. A child custody lawyer can also become an essential advocate, especially if your circumstances are complicated or include abuse in any matter.
Having a lawyer can affect the outcome of your custody battle.
You need to have an attorney who knows how the family court in Santa Barbara County works and can carefully navigate obstacles with you.
Contact our family law firm today at (805) 422-7966 to learn more about how we can help you with your children. Your initial consultation is free!
Different Types of Custody in Santa Barbara
Legal custody over children allows the parent who has it to make important decisions for their children.
Such decisions can involve schooling, healthcare, or other welfare choices.
Parents with joint legal custody aren’t expected to agree on every decision involving a child’s life, but it’s advised they work together as best as possible to avoid the courtroom over the issue.
Physical custody over children determines with whom a they decide to live. Some might assume joint physical custody implies an even split of time spent between parents, but this is not always the case.
Splitting a child’s time evenly between parents can be impractical due to work schedules, school hours, and other facets of everyday life.
When a parent has their children for less than half of the time, it’s legally deemed visitation.
In Santa Barbara CA, visitation is ordered with a child’s best interest in mind – not yours or anyone else’s.
Sometimes this means parents can work out reasonable, open-ended, and flexible visitation plans, or adhere to a set visitation schedule.
Supervised visits with the other parent, another adult, or a representative of a third-party agency may be required.
In custody cases where it’s judged that a parent is likely to have a physically or emotionally harmful impact upon their children, visitation can be revoked.