Child Custody Lawyers in Roseville
Visitation Attorneys in Roseville, Serving Sacramento & The Surrounding Areas
One of the most crucial family law issues is making sure parents have the opportunity to see their children and care for them. Whether you are going through a divorce, establishing paternity, or seeking modification of an existing parenting plan, the child custody standards and process are similar in many ways.
At Cecil Cianci Law, PC, we are intimately familiar with California child custody law. Contact our law firm to schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable child custody attorney in Roseville. We also handle parental relocation, or move-away cases.
Understanding the Child Custody Law in California
There are two types of child custody, including:
- Physical custody, which is the direct responsibility over the child at any given time. In most cases, physical custody is divided based on a parenting plan, with parenting time shared on an equal or unequal basis. The traditional notion of "visitation" is one approach to physical custody.
- Legal custody, which is the control over important decisions about the upbringing of the child, such as education, healthcare, and religion. When appropriate, the parents are typically granted joint legal custody.
The legal standard in child custody cases is the best interests of the child. At our law firm, we vigorously pursue your goals and let the court know why those goals are in the child's interests.
To reduce the impact of the divorce process on your family, we typically pursue a temporary parenting plan while the divorce is ongoing. We then attempt to work out a settlement agreement or, when necessary, resolve the dispute through the trial process.
Preparing You for Each Stage of the Process
If you and the other parent cannot agree on a parenting plan, you need to go through several steps to achieve a resolution.
In most counties, there will be a mandatory mediation session, otherwise known as Child Custody Recommending Counseling. A lawyer cannot attend mediation with you, but we can carefully go over your options and prepare you to handle sensitive issues without antagonizing the mediator or the other party.
If you do not achieve an agreement in mediation, the mediator will typically submit a recommended parenting plan to the court. Both parties will then have the opportunity to consider the report, possibly negotiate some details of the report with the other parent, or argue to the court that the recommended parenting plan is or is not in the child's best interests.
Aggressive Pursuit of Your Custody Goals
We understand how important child custody is to you and can carefully guide you through each step of the process. Contact our Roseville child custody lawyers to discuss your goals with our team. Call us at (916) 675-3866 today.