California family law attorney, California child custody lawyerOf all the family law issues, those involving child custody are often the most difficult and inflammatory. This is especially true in situations where abuse, neglect, and/or parental alienation exist. There are, however, considerations that family court judges use to help determine child custody, even in the most difficult of divorces and custody battles. It is important to understand what these factors are, how they may apply to your particular situation, and where to best find help if you are concerned about your child custody case.

Possible Custody Arrangements

Whether the parents of a child are divorcing or unwed, matters of child custody are determined by a California family law judge. The judge examines evidence presented by both parents and/or their attorneys. However, all custody cases start with the presumption that joint custody – or the equal involvement of both parents – is in the child’s best interest. If it is determined that this is not the most suitable arrangement, other custody arrangements may be considered, including:

Factors Used to Determine Child Custody

Child custody is determined based upon certain factors outlined within the California Family Code. These considerations may include (but are not necessarily limited to):

Negotiating Child Custody Issues Outside of Court

Most family court judges would prefer that parents work out a custody arrangement on their own prior to any hearings. Mediation and other resources, such as assistance from a skilled family law attorney, may be able to help parents attain this seemingly lofty goal. Regardless, all parents should be adequately represented during custody battles to ensure their rights and the best interest of their children are protected.

At the Ventresca Law Firm, we strongly believe that the needs of children should be put first and foremost in custody cases. As dedicated advocates, we work hard to help families resolve their custody issues with as little strife as possible, giving their children a better chance at a peaceful and favorable resolution. Schedule a free initial consultation with our experienced San Jose, California child custody attorneys to learn more. Call 408-395-8822 today.