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How to Protect Your Parental Rights in a California Child Custody Case

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When a couple makes the difficult decision to pursue a divorce, it is fair to say that they are likely entering a challenging time in their lives. A divorce represents a new chapter for both parties, but it can also come with some significant conflicts. A couple will be forced to resolve various issues as they go about the process of dissolving their marriage. These issues can range from the allocation of marital assets to the separation of bank accounts. One of the most consistently contentious aspects of many divorces is child custody. For divorcing parents, it is important to understand the steps you can take to ensure you will remain a significant presence in your child’s life. 

Child Custody in California 

Here in the state of California, when a child custody case cannot be resolved through mediation, a judge ultimately will decide where the child will primarily reside. The judge will do this by evaluating what is in the best interests of the child. They will consider a variety of criteria, including which parent will provide a safer environment for the child and whether the child would benefit from consistently being around one or both parents. It should be noted that the judge will not consider the gender of each parent when evaluating a case and making their decision. 

What You Can Do to Protect Your Parental Rights

Outside of hiring an attorney that you can trust with full certainty, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that you will be awarded significant time with your child. The first step is making sure that your child has a safe and healthy living environment. This means finding a new place to live that will be suitable for raising children, kicking out any roommates may have a negative impact on the safety and well-being of the child, and stocking your cupboards with healthy foods. The judge will also consider whether you and your ex-spouse will be able to work together in a co-parenting dynamic. This means that you should avoid slandering your former spouse on social media or having heated arguments with them in the courtroom. Your attorney will be able to provide you with additional information regarding all of these issues. 

Contact a Los Gatos, CA Child Custody Attorney 

At the Law Offices of Benita Ventresca, we fully understand the impact that a divorce can have on the entire family. We also know how important it is for parents to maintain a close and continuing relationship with their children. With years of experience operating within the state of California, we are prepared to do whatever it takes to help you secure custody of your child. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a skilled Los Gatos family law attorney, call our office today at 408-395-8822

Sources: 

https://www.courts.ca.gov/17975.htm

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