Being a parent comes with a large host of worries. These concerns can be amplified in situations where parents share custody of their children. If the other parent is not acting in the best interest of the child then serious issues arise. These issues may include your young one not having adequate housing, not being given support in terms of their schooling, the other parent may be abusing drugs, or your child may even be in immediate danger. If you find yourself facing such a dilemma then it is important that you contact a lawyer immediately. Our Orange County attorneys handle cases which involve changing child custody. Call today to schedule an initial consultation.
Change of child custody lawyers serving Anaheim, Santa Ana, and the rest of Orange County
Parents may return to Court and request a modification after their initial child custody order has been entered. Changing a previous custody agreement requires the requesting parent to show two things. First, it must be established that there has been a change of circumstances since the last custodial order. Second, it must be shown that, due to the change, a modification of custody is in the child’s best interests. When determining what is in the child’s best interests the Court will consider factors such as:
- Each parent’s ability to meet the needs of the child
- The level of conflict between the parents
- The wishes of the child, depending on the child’s age and maturity
- The willingness of each parent to cooperate with the other
- Ensuring that the child maintains a relationship with any siblings
- The efforts a parent will make to maintain a relationship between the other parent and the child
When the Court issues an order changing child custody it will also address other issues such as child support, visitation, and more.
The first step in changing a California child custody order is to file a Request for Order (RFO) with the Court. If the case involves an emergency, such as drug abuse by the other parent, then it is possible to request an expedited hearing. At the initial hearing the Court will determine whether custody should be changed on a temporary basis and will set a trial date to determine if a permanent modification should be ordered. Each party will then be permitted to gather evidence in support of their case and such evidence will be presented at a trial. At trial the Judge will enter a final ruling. Having an attorney to help you in such matters can be crucial to the outcome of your case.
Our Orange County family law attorneys aggressively fight for parents who need to change a child custody order. We will immediately file your Motion with the Court and will request an emergency hearing if necessary. After the initial hearing we will use the discovery process to begin building your case. This can include the acquisition of financial records, phone records, drug testing, arrest records and police reports, as well as other relevant evidence. We will take steps to ensure that you are prepared for trial, that you will know what to expect from the process, and that you are put in the best possible position going forward. We understand the gravity of your situation and we will give it the attention it deserves. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Our lawyers 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.
Quality legal representation for Orange County parents requiring a change of child custody
Parents face a stressful situation when attempting to change child custody. We take pride in providing quality legal representation which we do not feel is typical among Orange County attorneys. Our office will promptly return your phone calls, quickly respond to your emails, will copy you on correspondence, and will ensure that your questions do not go unanswered. We focus on this area of law so that you can focus on the most important thing – your family.