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Child Custody Lawyer

Once the Court has made orders concerning custody and visitation it can be extremely difficult to get those orders changed at a later date. For this reason, if your case involves an issue concerning child custody and visitation, it is critical that you choose an attorney who has the experience to handle your legal matter and understands how important your child's future is to you. Therefore, whether you are seeking or opposing a request involving custody or visitation contact the The Law Office of Robert Goldsmith to find out what your options are to get the help you need help you need.

Child Custody

In California, there are two types of child custody: legal and physical. "Legal" custody refers to the right and responsibility to make decisions related to the health, education and welfare of the child(ren). "Physical" custody refers to the time periods during which a child resides with, and is under the supervision of, a parent or another party. Legal and/or physical custody may be granted solely to one parent (called "sole custody") or it may be awarded jointly (called "joint custody") to both parents. The type of custody (legal or physical) and the means of holding it (jointly or solely) can have an impact on future decisions the court is called upon to make such as whether a parent is allowed to relocate or change the residence of the minor child, religious upbringing and where the child attends school.


The court must grant a parent reasonable visitation rights unless it is shown that such visitation would be detrimental to the best interests of the child. Noncustodial parents with court-ordered visitation rights have an interest in the companionship, care, custody and management of their children. In determining what is considered "reasonable visitation," the court has broad discretion and may issue a variety of orders. However, all visitation orders must be made in furtherance of the child's best interest and must take into account the broad policy of ensuring the child's health, safety and welfare.

In many cases, the parents are able to reach an agreement (called a "stipulation") concerning the custody and visitation of their child(ren). However, when the parents are simply unable to agree, the court must hold a hearing to resolve the issue(s) and make certain factual findings as to the best interest of the child. Once these findings have been made by the court, they cannot be changed without an agreement between both parents, unless there has been a change of circumstances.

At the The Law Office of Robert Goldsmith, we handle all aspects of child custody and visitation. With more than 20 years of legal experience, Irvine child custody attorney Goldsmith can help you protect your children and work out a custody plan that will be effective for years to come. We also help clients with paternity cases, post-divorce child custody modifications and other matters related to child custody. When it comes to the custody and visitation of your children, you can trust the advice and experience of the The Law Office of Robert Goldsmith to help you when you need it most.

Contact The The Law Office of Robert Goldsmith

To discuss your child custody matter with an experienced child custody lawyer, call us at 949-783-9709 or 866-559-6152 or email us today.


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