This is the first post in a series dealing with the rights of unmarried parents in Orange County, California. We are writing on this topic due to the fact that many parents are unsure about the rights and obligations afforded to a mother and father when the two have never been married. This confusion often leads to disagreements which could otherwise be avoided. Our goal with this series is to provide information which will help people to understand their situation and which will also help them to make more informed decisions when selecting a family law attorney. If you have questions then contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.
We will be addressing several topics over our coming articles. Subjects which we will look at include:
- The rights afforded to unmarried Orange County fathers
- The process of establishing an initial child custody order
- The discovery process in child custody cases
- Attending trial in such a matter
- How the parents should conduct themselves after a custody order has been entered
These are important topics for multiple reasons. First, many are under the misunderstanding that a father has no rights when custody has yet to be established. Such is not the case. Second, many parents begin a custody case with an unrealistic expectation as to what the process will look like. This can lead to problems as the case progresses. Third, it is important to understand the need for objective evidence and the role discovery plays in obtaining it. Fourth, understanding what to expect from trial can help to make the process go more smoothly. Finally, if parents do not conduct themselves appropriately after the case is completed then they are likely to find themselves back in Court over a request to change custody.
It cannot be stressed enough that you should contact counsel if you are in a dispute regarding your child. Counsel can help you understand your situation so that you make the right choices going forward. This can help you present a case to the Court that it is in the child’s best interests to be in your care. Custody cases can be complex and having representation will help you to navigate the process. Contact our office today to speak with our Orange County child custody lawyers. 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.