Child Custody

Child Custody Attorney in Santa Barbara

There’s a Lot at Stake; Choose Experienced Counsel

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 custody 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 custody attorney in Santa Barbara can help you fight to keep your role as a parent intact.

Contact us today at (805) 422-7966 to learn more about how we can help you maintain custody over your children.

Types of Child Custody

Legal custody over a child allows the parent who has it to make important decisions for a child. 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 a child determines with whom a child lives. 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. 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 cases where it’s judged that a parent is likely to have a physically or emotionally harmful impact upon their child, visitation can be revoked.

What Matters Most in a Child Custody Case

When it comes to giving someone custody of a child, judges are required to decide in the child’s best interest. What this means is that a judge can put your entire daily life under a microscope, so to speak, in order to determine how well your child will thrive in your care. This process can be frustrating or even anger-inducing, but that’s why it’s important to remain calm and let your lawyer guide you through the process. Do your best to appreciate that everything is happening for the benefit of your child, even if it doesn’t always feel like it.

When judging child custody, a judge can consider the following:

  • Child’s age
  • Child’s health
  • Child’s relationship with each parent
  • Parents’ ability to care for the child
  • History of domestic violence or substance abuse
  • Child’s ties to his or her home, school, and community

Your relationship with your child matters to us. Call Morales Law at (805) 422-7966 for help in your Santa Barbara child custody case.

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