Child custody and its associated issues can be one of the most emotionally charged aspects of family law in San Mateo. Disputes regarding custody and visitation rights are incredibly sensitive matters that have a profound impact on the lives of you, your partner, and your children. In these situations, it can be difficult to keep a rational mindset when undergoing negotiations relative to your children.
The state of California has stringent custody laws that require the courts to prioritize the best interests of the child. This can often conflict with the desires of the parents, and it can lead to heavy disputes that can become volatile quickly.
For all matters in child custody and visitation in San Mateo County, consult the legal professionals of Schoenberg Family Law, P.C. We understand the gravity of the situation and impact of the results, and work with you to determine the best outcome for you and your children.
Compassionate Counsel for All Matters of Custody
The attorneys at Schoenberg Family Law, P.C. provide counsel in custody law to clients throughout all of San Mateo County, including those in Menlo Park, South San Francisco, Burlingame, Foster City, Daly City, and San Bruno.
We understand custody law can be an incredibly sensitive topic to broach, so we provide the utmost respect and trust to our clients by ensuring open communication and transparency through the entire legal process. We employ our experience and knowledge to help our clients with all issues regarding custody and visitation, including:
- Custody evaluations
- Visitation rights, including supervised instances, if justified
- Disputes of paternity and DNA testing
- Determinations for financial support, such as child support
- Solutions for parental alienation situations
- Petitions for parent relocations
- Any instances involving child abduction
We strive to put you and your children’s best interests in mind, and prioritize their health and safety above everything.
Defining Child Custody in California
In the state of California, it is important to note the differences between legal custody and physical custody.
Legal custody refers to the right and responsibility of parents to make important decisions relating to the health and general welfare of a child.
Physical custody refers to the right of parents to have their children live with them.
Within each type of custody lies joint custody and sole custody. The former gives equal custody to both parents, while the latter notes that one parent has the sole responsibility. This means that custody can be assigned in some intricate ways.
For example, a parent may have both sole physical and legal custody, but they may also have the option to have sole physical and joint legal custody, or vice versa.
Because of so many custody options, it can often be difficult for two parents to come to an agreement, even in civilized divorces and separations. In cases where an agreement cannot be established, California law mandates that parents must participate in mediation in an attempt to reconcile these issues.
In these meetings, parents are encouraged to come to a full agreement – but in cases where that may not be realistic, they can come to a partial agreement and leave any irreconcilable issues for the judge to resolve.
Mediation can be a trying period of time that can leave parents in a high state of stress and emotionally drained. An attorney can be an invaluable ally through mediation, and can considerably ease your burdens while simultaneously maintaining a sense of progress and rationality through the ordeal.
Experienced, Professional San Mateo County Custody Lawyers
The Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C. has more than 35 years of experience negotiating and litigating all matters of custody law and divorce. Our team of legal professionals includes certified specialists in family law, so you can ensure that you have experience, education, and knowledge by your side.
Custody law is a highly sensitive topic that can raise the ire of even the most mild-mannered parents. The attorneys at Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C. are respectful of your needs and your priorities, and maintain a line of open communication and trust that can hopefully ease any stresses through the process.
If you would like to discuss your options for any matters in custody law, please contact us online or call us at (650) 761-9523 today for a consultation.