This post concludes and recaps our series on changing child custody in Orange County, California. We felt it necessary to write on this topic as many parents are unsure of how to proceed when they feel it is time to modify their current arrangement. Some may be unsure as to whether they are eligible to go to Court while others may wonder about the process for doing so. Our goal with these posts has been to provide information which will help people to better understand their situation and to assist them in making an informed choice when selecting a family law attorney. If you have questions about your rights then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We have addressed several topics over our recent articles. Issues which we have analyzed include:
- Whether one is eligible to change child custody
- Filing a Motion to Change Child Custody
- Discovery in Orange County child custody cases
- Attending a child custody trial
- Co-parenting after a custody trial
These are important topics for a parent to understand. First, many parents make the mistake of thinking that custody can be changed simply because they wish it. California law, however, only allows for custody to be changed when there has been a material change of circumstances and the change would be in the child’s best interests. Second, it is important that your written Motion make a compelling case for the change. Third, discovery is crucial to gaining the evidence needed to support the change. Fourth, knowing what to expect from trial will help to ensure that the process goes more smoothly. Finally, parents must understand that if the fail to co-parent they may quickly find themselves back in Court.
One point we have stressed through these articles is that one should retain an attorney experienced in handling change of custody cases. By retaining counsel experienced in handling such matters you help to ensure that your matter will be handled correctly. Our lawyers have handled many change of custody matters and are ready to assist you. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We also service Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.