Trusted Child Custody Lawyers in Ukiah & Mendocino County
The Ukiah, Mendocino County, Law Offices of James Sansone provides professional legal representation in matters of child custody, support, and visitation. Resolving emotional disputes regarding living arrangements and financial matters is of utmost importance when it comes to acting in the best interests of your child.
The number of contested child custody cases has risen exponentially as our courts and the California legislature have gained greater perspective with regard to the impact custody arrangements have on the welfare of minor children. Whereas, in the past, mothers were generally awarded sole custody of minor children and fathers were given limited visitation rights, shared parenting and joint custody have gained favor with the courts and the legislature. The state of California permits either parent to be awarded physical or legal custody of a minor child.
WE FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS
We’ll work tirelessly to get you the child custody arrangement you’re looking for. As child custody lawyers, we have extensive experience in working with unbiased parties, such as court-appointed custody evaluators and Family Court Services mediators. These professionals carry significant weight in the eyes of the courts. Our goal is to ensure that your case is presented in the best possible light to the family court judge that is assigned to your case.
TWO TYPES OF CHILD CUSTODY
In California there are two types of child custody. Physical custody is the time a child spends with each parent and who the child actually lives with. If one parent is awarded sole physical custody, the child will live with that custodial parent and may have visitation with the non-custodial parent based on the agreed-upon arrangement. In the case of joint physical custody, both parents resolve to agree on a schedule that allows the child to spend equal time living with each parent.
Legal custody gives a parent the right to make important decisions about their child’s health, medical decisions, safety, welfare, education, religious matters, and more. If one parent is awarded sole legal custody, they have the final word in these matters. When joint legal custody is ordered, both parents have equal say and are required to work together to make decisions that are in their child’s best interest.
It’s important that you have expert legal representation in Mendocino County and understand your options. Contact the Law Offices of Jim Sansone in Ukiah, California, or call 707-542-5611 today to schedule an initial free private consultation.