Even in today’s society many stereotypes exist as to how the law will treat a father and a mother. Many mistakenly believe that a mother automatically has “all the rights” or that a dad will be lucky to spend time with his children in the event of a divorce or child custody dispute. The fact of the matter is that in California the rights of a father are considered as equal to those of a mother. If you are a dad and are concerned about the outcome of your case then our lawyers are able to help. Contact our office today to speak with an attorney. We service Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, and the rest of Orange County.
Child custody lawyers protecting the rights of Orange County fathers
California assumes that the rights of a father are equal to those of a mother in a child custody dispute. This means that dads will begin a case with the presumption that they should have joint custody and enjoy joint custody with the mother. A father will enjoy such an arrangement unless the mother can show that it is not in the best interest of the child. A father who wishes to have primary custody can achieve it by showing that such an arrangement would be in the child’s best interest. When determining what is in the child’s best interest the Court will consider factors such as:
- Whether the mother is not able to meet the needs of the child
- Whether the mother or the father is the source of any conflict between the parents
- The extent to which a mother has frustrated the father’s visitation with a child
- Whether there is a history of domestic violence between the parties
- The need of the child to stay united with a sibling
Once custody has been determined then the Court will rule on other issues such as child support.
The first step in any child custody case is to file a Petition with the Court. Assuming that paternity has already been established, a hearing will be held early in the case to put a temporary visitation order in place. Each side will then begin building evidence as to why they should have the custody arrangement they are requesting. Evidence acquired will focus on financial issues, potential drug use, mental stability, and the ability of a parent to cooperate with the other. It is important that fathers hire an attorney familiar with building a case and presenting evidence at trial.
Our Orange County child custody attorneys believe in the concept of equal rights for fathers. Once retained we will immediately file your Petition as well as any necessary Motions to establish visitation. We will argue for immediate contact with the child at the initial hearing. We have extensive experience in family law matters and will use the process to gather evidence which supports your case. Our office will ensure that you are prepared for trial, that you know what to expect from the process, and that your interests are protected throughout the case. Do not risk your children to a lesser experienced law firm. Contact our office today.
Our attorneys 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.
Orange County attorneys providing quality service to California dads
A dad has enough to worry about when going through a child custody dispute. The service provided by their attorney should not be another cause for concern. Our lawyers will promptly return phone calls, quickly respond to emails, and will make themselves available to answer any questions you may have. We focus on family law so that you can focus on the most important thing – your family. Contact our office today.