After long years of marriage, you have decided to divorce. You can’t reach mutual agreements to determine what responsibilities each parent carries for the child. You have ongoing troubles with such issues as who will take the responsibility for legal decisions regarding the child, or where will the child live, etc. In such cases, there is no way out without a custody lawyer who will help with the legal proceedings. But when exactly is it time to hire a custody lawyer?
He/she has already hired
You heard that your wife/husband has already hired a custody lawyer and is going to take you to the courtroom. Take time to find a private child custody lawyer for yourself. If a private lawyer is too expensive, look for free legal aid in your area.
Different states, different jurisdictions
Do you and your former husband/wife live in different states or countries? Then you should have your custody lawyer next to you to represent you when necessary. He/she will help you get a thorough understanding of international child custody laws having an impact on your case.
Your child is in danger
When you are sure that your child is in danger with your ex, you need a qualified legal representation. But if you don’t manage to get a corresponding support, you should call 911. Such situations also demand to get a restraining order against your ex.
Prevention to see the child
When your ex tries to illegally limit your contact with the child, denies visits or cancels them, hire an experienced attorney to represent you in court.
You are entitled to participate in treatment or take some classes
There may be situations when the court requires you to take such classes as parenting or anger management or undergo drug or alcohol treatment. In general, this is not in your favor. To eliminate the risks of losing your child custody case, it is better to have a well-qualified custody lawyer.
Benefits of hiring a custody lawyer
In this tough time in your life, the custody attorney is a right choice for you to avoid law violations from your ex’s side. He/she will put you and your child’s interest first. With the help of your attorney, you will be familiar with family law and beyond. If needed he/she will file several counter-arguments to debate any issue brought by your ex.
Your custody lawyer knows the skills of negotiation to protect both your and your child’s rights.
Find a right custody lawyer
There are a great number of custody attorneys to choose from. But how to find the one? Surely, googling is the easiest way to get a bunch of attorneys to contact. You can also ask your friends or acquaintances for advice. Wherever you find your custody attorney make sure he/she has a right kind of experience. He/she should have a stock of good knowledge of law and facts. Many attorneys have a free initial consultation, go for it and ask the questions you want answers to.
California child custody laws
Family law matters differ from state to state and many US states have adopted Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. What refers to California child custody laws, they are pursuant to the mentioned Act though having their own peculiarities. For example, the Californian law allows grandparents visitation rights and joint custody. Also, if your child lives with your ex, you still have a visitation right. In general, California child custody procedure centers on a parenting plan. The latter combines the details of custody and complies both with you and your ex. The most important thing in the plan is that it is designed due to the child’s best interests.
Jurisdiction to modify determination states:
”If an original decree State has exclusive, continuing jurisdiction, no other State may modify the decree State’s custody order—even if the child moves and establishes a new home State. (In such a scenario, the noncustodial parent usually remains in the original decree State.) A court in the child’s new home State (or any other State) cannot modify the initial decree unless the original decree State loses exclusive, continuing jurisdiction or declines to exercise it on inconvenient forum grounds.”
So, when in California and facing child custody issue, Margarian Law Firm’s custody lawyer will be there to save your rights as a parent. No time to waste, just contact us and get in touch with our experienced attorneys to build right arrangements for your case.