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Every family is unique and, in an ideal world, parents could cooperate outside of court to develop a parenting plan that works for them. Of course, that kind of cooperation may not be easy, especially when the parents are in the process of divorcing.

It is crucial, then, to have skilled legal guidance to help you develop a parenting plan that is best for all parties involved.

A Beverly Hills child custody lawyer from the Mansouri Law Offices, can help fight for you to achieve your child custody and support goals, whether through negotiation with the other parent or by aggressively protecting your rights in court.

Our child custody lawyers also handle post-decree modifications such as move-away proceedings and changes to child support.

As our client in Beverly Hills, you can rely on our law firm to protect your rights and interests every step of the way.

Should I Hire a Lawyer for Child Custody?

You should hire a lawyer for child custody cases with certain circumstances will require legal guidance. Any child custody lawyer can become an influential advocate, especially if your situations are complicated or include any form of abuse.

Hiring a lawyer with legal guidance can help your outcome with your custody arrangement.

We handle child custody cases, including:

To schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your concerns regarding legal and physical custody, contact our law firm in Beverly Hills today at (310) 878-4077.

Child Custody Laws in Beverly Hills, California

In Beverly Hills, California, child custody is determined with regard to legal custody and physical custody. To understand your options and for help with determining the best solution for you, you need an attorney on your side.

We will guide you through this sensitive situation and will fight to protect your rights and the best interests of your children.

When a judge is determining what it in the best interest of the child, they will often consider the following:

  • Which parent is best able to meet the child’s emotional and physical needs
  • Which parent will allow for the most consistency in the child’s life
  • Which parent the child will be safest with
  • The child’s age
  • How the child will be impacted by a change in custody

Legal Custody

Legal custody gives a parent the right to make important decisions regarding the child's welfare, including matters of education, religion, and medical care.

Legal custody also allows the parent to obtain information about the child from schools, doctors, governments, and other such institutions.

Courts almost always award joint legal custody to the parents, unless there is specific cause to believe that this arrangement would not be in the best interests of the child.

Joint legal custody means that parents confer on decisions regarding the child.

Physical Custody

Parent with custodyPhysical custody is granted to the parent with whom the child will live most of the time. Joint physical custody means the time with each parent is split relatively evenly.

The basic schedule will be officially agreed upon as part of divorce proceedings, but the schedule does not have to follow one set structure.

Courts will award joint physical custody when possible and if both parents want such an arrangement.

In some cases, however, sole custody is granted. Typically, with sole custody, the non-custodial parent is granted certain visitation rights, although there are extreme situations in which one parent is denied custody and visitation.

In all determinations of child custody, the best interests of the child are the top priority.

Finding a Custody Arrangement That Fits Your Family

Sharing physical custody of your children after divorce can be an extraordinarily difficult experience.

Depending on numerous details of your specific situation, there may be different options to consider when it comes to how you plan to share custody.

Below are a few options that you may want to explore.

  • Separate parents, separate homes. This is the most common type of living arrangement, and the one most people think about when they think about sharing custody. This traditional arrangement involves each parent living in his or her own separate home. The kids then travel between the homes and live with each parent during his or her parenting time.
  • Nesting, or bird nesting, Nesting is an arrangement where the children's home is "the nest." Parents then move in and out of the nest home, depending on who has custody. As this article points out, nesting can work well for families who prioritize stability for the kids, but it is difficult. To make nesting work, each parent needs to have his or her own separate home in addition to the children's home. Parents also need to both be committed to taking care of "the nest."
  • Living together. Some families can still live in the same space and co-parent. While this is likely one of the rarer options, it could work when people have very large homes with different living spaces. It might also work for people who live in different apartments in the same building or people with a main house and guesthouse on site.
  • Finding the best arrangement for you and your kids. Whatever you decide to do, it is crucial that you prioritize your children's well-being when it comes to figuring out child custody and living situations after divorce. You would also be wise to discuss with your attorney any legal measures and protections you can put in place to ensure the arrangement is fair.

Can a Custodial Parent in California Move Away With the Child?

In general, in California, the parent that has primary physical custody of the child has the right to relocate with the child to another city or state.

However, there are limits to this right.

If the child's other parent can prove that the relocation would be harmful to the child, then the parent with primary physical custody cannot relocate with the child.

Things are slightly different if the parents share joint physical custody of the child. In situations like this, if one parent objects to the relocation, the parent who wants to relocate with the child must prove that the relocation is in the child's best interest.

Should a dispute regarding relocation arise, it is important for parents to consult with their family law attorneys as soon as possible.

It is important first and foremost that the child's needs are met. Children need love and stability from both parents, especially in the wake of a divorce.

Moving away from home can be hard on a child, so it is important to keep the child's best interests in mind before taking any action.

A child relocation attorney can assess their client's situation and provide legal advice.

Contact Mansouri Law Offices for Child Custody Help Today

For more than 15 years, Mansouri Law Offices has been helping parents in Beverly Hills, California achieve positive and lasting results in matters of child custody.

If you need to establish a workable parenting plan that protects and promotes your child's best interests, we can help.

Our founding family attorney, Pedram Mansouri, is a Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, who understands that there is nothing more important to you than your family.

To schedule a confidential consultation with a dedicated family lawyer in Beverly Hills, contact us online or call our law firm at (310) 878-4077. We always return phone calls as soon as possible.

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