Child Custody Lawyer In Irvine, CA Providing Aggressive Representation to Parents in Heated Custody Cases
In the process of divorce, few things matter more to a parent or a judge than the issue of child custody and child support. In a child custody case, the court will always attempt to do what they feel is in the best interests of the child, regardless of the wishes of specific wishes established by the parents. Just the same, however, it is important for a parent to have an experienced family law attorney on their side for these discussions, as these hearings may well be among the most important legal matters of your adult life.
California laws favor solutions to provide children with ample opportunities to spend time with both parents and all siblings. However, some situations are unique and unfortunate, such as cases involving domestic violence or child abuse. Whether you are looking to protect your child or are trying to come to an agreement on joint custody, you want to work with an experienced family law attorney.
The Law Office of Patrick O’Kennedy offers free consultations to clients interested in legal advice pertaining to a child custody case. Attorney Patrick O’Kennedy is a certified family law specialist with over two decades of experience.
To schedule your initial meeting with the attorney and his legal team, please call our office in Irvine, CA. (714) 919-1855.
What is the Difference Between Legal and Physical Custody?
Physical custody refers to where the child will reside and spend most of their time. The parent with physical custody will be the primary caregiver. Depending on court orders, both parents may be given physical custody in an agreement, which means that they will share custody of their child.
Legal custody, however, has little to do with where the child lives and who lives with them. A parent with no physical custody rights may still have legal custody rights. Legal custody provides the parent with the authority to make important life decisions for the child, such as where they will go to school, church, and medical decisions.
What Are the Different Types of Child Custody in California?
There are many laws relevant to legal child custody in the state of California. And with those laws comes many different definitions of custody. No matter the particulars of your unique custody case, our law firm will be here to represent your best interests pursuant to your goals.
Distinct types of child custody include:
Joint custody: Also known as shared custody or shared parenting time, a joint custody agreement states that the child will share a similar amount of time with both parents. In some cases, joint custody may be in legal terms only, meaning that the children remain with only one parent even though both parents have a legal say in the raising, education, and medical treatment of the children. Joint custody is a popular solution following a divorce, provided that the ex-spouses trust and respect each other with the continued care of their children.
Sole residential custody with visitation: In this type of child custody, one parent has physical custody of the children, but the other parent has the right to scheduled visitation.
Split custody: In families where more than one child resulted from the marriage, the parents may be interested in split custody following a divorce, as it means that some children remain with one parent and the other parent gets custody of other children. This option has become increasingly uncommon in recent years, as family law courts do not like to split up siblings when they are so young.
And sole legal custody: The rarest form of custody allows only one parent to have any legal say in how their child is raised and schooled. Typically this option is only utilized in cases where one ex-spouse was responsible for criminal activity or domestic violence, making them a threat and a bad role model for the child.
What Other Family Law Matters Can We Assist Parents With?
Our law firm can also represent clients in a number of other types of family law issues related to child custody arrangements.
Contact attorney Patrick O’Kennedy if you are interested in cases involving:
Dissolution of a domestic partnership: Not all children are the result of marital unions. Determining custody following the dissolution or legal separation of two parents may require unique paperwork and special considerations.
Court battles: Sometimes no settlement can be reached, and difficult matters go to court where a judge may be forced to decide. If a child custody battle goes to court, clients will want to make sure that they have experienced attorneys in their corner.
Guardianship: Although the focus of most custody lawyers is on what happens to children following a divorce, other instances may also render children without parents. If an incident such as a car accident or other event makes a child an orphan, a family law attorney can help make sure that responsible legal guardians take care of the child.
Mediation: Hiring lawyers as mediators can help provide alternative options for resolving disputes. In mediation, the lawyer will act as a neutral third-party providing guidance to both parties as they attempt to reach a settlement or other agreement.
Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Orange County Family Law Attorney Today
If you are looking to secure child custody following a divorce, you want to make sure that you have the right attorneys representing your case. The Law Office of Patrick O’Kennedy has served clients in Orange County for over two decades, providing dedicated legal services to those in need.
Attorney Patrick O’Kennedy has law offices located in the cities of Orange and Irvine, CA. A certified family law specialist, the attorney is a fixture in California’s family law courts, helping clients through some of the worst situations of their lives with compassion and calm. No attorney can promise to make this process easier for you or your family. But you don’t need to feel so alone and overwhelmed throughout the process either. Let our legal team help you through this challenging chapter and we can help you pursue the most positive outcome for you and your children.
If you are a new client, you may call the attorney’s law firm to schedule a free consultation at any time online or by phone at (714) 919-1855.