Wearing the uniform can be highly stressful. When members of the United States armed services go through a child custody dispute then they feel additional pressure. Military members often have additional considerations in such matters. They need to worry about who will care for the child while they are deployed and they are concerned with how their duty status while impact their case. In such a situation you need counsel who is experienced in handling such matters. Our Orange County attorneys assist military members in child custody cases. Call our office today to speak with a lawyer.
Child custody lawyers assisting military members residing in Anaheim, Santa Ana, and the rest of Orange County
Military members stationed in California have special considerations in child custody disputes. They may be worried about who will care for the child while they are away on deployment. They may wonder how their time away from the child will impact their custody status. As with any other custody case, the Court will base its decision on the best interest of the child. When deciding what is in the child’s best interest the Court will consider factors such as:
- The quality of each person’s relationship with the child
- The ability of each parent to meet the child’s needs
- The level of conflict between the parents
- The mental and physical health of each parent
- The need to keep the child together with a sibling
- Whether there is a history of domestic violence between the parties
A court will typically not weigh time spent on deployment against a service person when considering the relationship between the parent and the child. However, the Court may be forced to consider certain issues that are a direct result of military service, if they affect the safety or well-being of the child (such as whether the service person is suffering from PTSD, etc.).
As with all child custody cases, the case will begin with the filing of a Petition with the Court. An early hearing will be held to put a temporary arrangement in place regarding custody, child support, and any other immediate issues. It may be possible to delay the proceedings for up to sixty days under the Service Members Civil Relief Act so that the service person may prepare their case. After an initial hearing is set each side will have the opportunity to build a case as to why they should receive the custody arrangement they are requesting. The matter will conclude at a trial at which the Judge will issue the final decision. Having an attorney to assist you with this process can be crucial.
Our Orange County family law attorneys assist military members who are facing a child custody dispute. We will use your initial consultation, which can be conducted over the phone if necessary, to help you understand your rights under your current circumstances. We will work quickly to file any necessary Motions or Oppositions and will request a stay of the case if necessary. We will demonstrate to the Court that you have the means to care for the child and that the maintaining of a relationship is important. Our firm will aggressively represent you at trial and will be in contact with you throughout the process. We understand that you are facing a serious situation and we will take it seriously. Contact us today.
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Orange County child custody law firm providing the highest level of service to military members
The military is based on an idea of respect. We strongly believe in providing this same level of respect to our fighting men and women which is why we strive to provide the highest level of service to military members. Our law firm quickly returns phone calls, promptly responds to emails, and we make ourselves available to answer your questions. We focus on family law so that you can focus on the important thing – your family.