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The standard for determining which spouse gets child custody in California is "the best interest of the child". However, this determination is made with an emphasis on proper "health, safety, and welfare" of the child. Additionally, if there are no issues of child abuse or domestic violence, courts like to see "frequent and continuing contact" with both parents.
Just because statutes call for courts to make custody decisions based on the above factors, it is not necessarily easy for them to determine who will get custody of the child. Making things even more complicated, parents, grandparents, stepparents and any other person who believes they can provide suitable care and guidance to the child, can also petition for custody. Section 3040 of the California family code provides that custody should be granted according to the best interest of the child and in the order that best provides this.
Moreover, courts will usually grant custody to both parents together or individually before granting to other people involved in the child's life. It is also important to note that if parents cannot come to a child custody agreement California family court or Judges will make such decisions on a case-by-case basis reflecting back to the overall best interest of the child. If for some reason neither parent gets custody, courts will seek to keep the child in the stability of their current home environment.
Individual circumstances and facts vary from case to case. Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice. Any and all questions about divorce, support or family law should be directed to a qualified and experienced family law attorney.About Vista, California:
The city of Vista is located north of the city of San Diego County and ranks in as one of the best places to live in the United States. Some of the more notable areas that draw in visitors and tourists are the Alta Vista Gardens, Brengle Terrace Park and Guajome County Park. These great recreation facilities offer campsites, horse trails and the well-known Rancho Guajome Adobe. Known for its wide tracts of open land, Vista is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Additionally, housing prices are moderate compared to much of the rest of San Diego.
Vista Residents who need family law courts can use the North County regional Center right in the city of Vista. The courthouse is conveniently located on 325 South Melrose. Contact the courthouse directly if you have questions about services or hours.About Doppelt and Forney, APLC:
At Doppelt and Forney, APLC, we have been tried and tested in many matters that involve family law. We know that family law issues can be stressful and complicated. As such, we strive to become your trusted legal resource. To better help you achieve your legal goals, we offer a confidential consultation where we meet with you and discuss your unique situation. We want to help your today, but first you need to call us at 858-312-8500 or schedule an appointment online.
Located just 20 minutes from Vista, you can quickly find our offices by taking the CA-78 East to the I-15 South. Exit the freeway on Bernardo Center Drive and head east. We are located in the Clock Tower Office building with sign visible from the freeway. Come see us today. We look forward to becoming your trusted family law firm.