Valencia Family Lawyer

Child Custody Attorney in Valencia, CA

Facing divorce can be an extremely difficult situation as there are many various issues that must be resolved in this process. One of the many issues that you will need to resolve is that of child custody. As a parent who is going through divorce, you may be experiencing a great deal of fear and anxiety regarding the situation at hand, so it is vitally important that you have skilled representation on your side that can help you pursue a favorable outcome for your future. If you and your spouse are unable to agree on this term, then you will need to fight to retain custody of your child in court. Do you need an attorney for a child custody case in Valencia? For experienced legal counsel, get in touch with a Valencia child custody attorney at Barnholtz & Kugler who can aggressively defend your right to keep your child.

Ultimately, a judge will make a decision for child custody based on the needs and the best interests of any children involved. If you wish to convince a judge to give you custody of your child, then there are several methods that you may employ in order to increase your chances. First, it is important that you appear to be the better choice, or at least equally capable of providing a happy, and caring home for your child. This means remaining calm and collected, and not lashing out in any way. You must also have the means to provide a home for your child.

Determining Child Custody in California

If the parents are able to come to a mutual agreement on their own regarding a child custody arrangement, they can submit it to the court for approval. If they are unable to reach an agreement however, the court will be the one to make the final decision regarding who will get legal and physical custody of the child. The court prefers to have both parents actively involved in the child's life as much as possible. In California courts, the number one priority is to come up with a custody arrangement that best serves the child's best interests. In some cases, the court will even take the child's preference into consideration if the child is 12 years old or older.

The judge will also look at the following factors when determining child custody:

  • The preference of the parents
  • Whether parties are "fit" parent
  • Child/parent relationships
  • Child/sibling relationships
  • The adjustments that would be made to their current routine
  • Parent's mental/physical state
  • The time each parent has to spend with the child
  • Whether parents will encourage frequent contact with the other
  • Which parent can further the child's education
  • Distance between parents houses
  • History of domestic violence
  • Whether there is a history of alcohol or drug abuse
  • Whether there is a history of neglect or abandonment

If the court looks into these determining characteristics and finds that the child is not safe with either parent, then they may decide to award custody to a third party. In some rare cases, custody can be granted to the grandparents or a close family relative as long as it is in the best interests of the child.

What If I Have a History of Domestic Violence of a Drug Offense?

The court has very strict prohibitions regarding custody for parents with domestic violence on their record, whether it was against the other parent, the child of whom you are trying to get custody, or the child's sibling. Because the court prefers to have two parents in the child's life, however, they may grant custody if you have completed certain actions such as government programs and parenting classes. Before granting any custody or visitation rights, they may also investigate to see if there is currently a protective order in place or if you committed any further acts of violence since the date of your conviction.

Likewise, if the court finds that you have used illicit drugs or you have been convicted of a drug-related offense in the past five years, then they could make you undergo a drug test before they award you any parental rights. It is important to note that if both parents are found to be unfit, then custody will be given to a third party. To avoid this, contact a Valencia child custody lawyer at Barnholtz & Kugler to help you determine the best way to fight for the custody of your child.

We Can Fight for Custody in Court

Looking for a lawyer for a child custody case in Valencia, CA? Barnholtz & Kugler puts children first. While we are dedicated to excellent representation for our clients, we have ethics and morals, and you can be sure that we will not compromise these when representing our clients. Your family and your children are of the highest importance to us; if you wish for a better future for your family, then we can assist you. If you first goal, however, is to win at all costs, then you may benefit from another attorney. Your situation and your future are important to us, and you can count on us for ethical and aggressive representation.


Contact a Valencia divorce lawyer from our firm for your initial consultation!