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Inland Empire Attorney Pursues Fair Child Custody Arrangements

Knowledgeable California lawyer represents parents in disputes

Handling a divorce correctly is especially important when young children are involved. No matter what differences exist between spouses, they should agree to concentrate on what is best for their sons and daughters. At the Law Offices of Dan Peelman, PC, I work closely with Inland Empire clients to help them make appropriate decisions regarding their children’s care. Two types of custody determinations must be made when parents break up. Legal custody refers to the authority that parents have over important decisions that affect their child. Physical custody pertains to the child’s residence. Often conflicts over custody arrangements can be resolved through effective negotiation or mediation, saving money and time while allowing parents to maintain control of the process. In cases where disagreements cannot be resolved, I conduct a thorough review of the relevant circumstances so that the strongest case can be made in court.

Experienced firm outlines factors for legal and physical custody decisions

Decisions regarding custody are made based on what a judge believes to be in the child’s best interests. When a divorce occurs, California law lists numerous factors that can be considered during these determinations, including:

  • Health and safety — Ensuring the physical and emotional health of a young person is paramount. This means that substance abuse, a history of domestic violence or an unsafe living environment can heavily sway the outcome.
  • Parental fitness — Even in the best cases, divorce upends the lives of children who are involved. If one spouse has primarily handled parenting duties, primary residence within their home might be favored to maintain the child’s routine.
  • Social and educational factors — Ties to the school and the community are important when young people are going through a difficult time. These social bonds can be important factors to consider as parents and judges seek to create a strong support system.

Each situation is unique, so it’s best to get information from an experienced family lawyer before you decide how to proceed. My firm gives clients a free initial consultation to ease the process.

Dedicated advisor handles visitation and relocation matters

In over 25 years of practice, I have found creative ways to help clients establish fair agreements regarding parenting time. For both parents and grandparents, my firm prepares and negotiates detailed schedules so that a child has frequent, meaningful contact with family members. I can also advise you of your rights if either you or your fellow parent is thinking of relocating with your child. As with initial custody orders, courts seek to identify what is in the young person’s best interests.

Accomplished advocate helps with order enforcement and modification

The establishment of a custody or child support order is often only the first step in a legal process that can last years. Changes in family or financial circumstances might make previously appropriate arrangements unfair. Whether you are looking to obtain a modification, opposing an adjustment or simply seeking to enforce terms of an existing order, you cannot take the law into your own hands. My firm will give you the prompt assistance you need to pursue appropriate relief.

Contact a California child custody lawyer for a free initial consultation

The Law Offices of Dan Peelman, PC assists Inland Empire parents with child custody disputes and related issues. Please call 909-257-0291 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation at my office in Rancho Cucamonga.