Divorce is an unfortunate reality for a number of couples. For couples with children, the issues that must be resolved during a divorce often become more complicated because of important decisions about child custody and visitation that must be made. A child custody attorney may be helpful in expediting the process for the following reasons.
Explaining the Law
Some parents do not understand that there are California laws in place which dictate child custody and visitation orders if they cannot reach an amicable agreement. The laws grant a preference for joint custody, according to the best interest of the child. The court is required to consider factors such as which parent is more likely to allow the child contact with the noncustodial parent.
Advocating on Your Behalf
The reality of divorce is that parents often have significant reasons for getting divorced. If you are trying to protect your children from the other spouse based on issues such as domestic violence or substance abuse, a child custody attorney may be able to raise these issues to advocate on your behalf. This also involves building a solid case through the use of witnesses and documentation.
Defending You from False Claims
Divorce can get ugly, and it is possible for parents to hurtle false claims at one another in an effort to affect child custody orders. An experienced child custody attorney can help you defend yourself from such erroneous allegations.
If you are going through a divorce, do not wait to contact a lawyer who can advocate on your behalf. At Moreno Family Law, divorce is the primary service we provide, and we will also help you resolve issues such as child custody and visitation in conjunction with your divorce. Call our San Jose office at (408) 266-9011 to speak with a family lawyer today and learn more about how we can help.