Child custody issues are one of the biggest points of contention in California family law. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS), as of 2020, only 70% of children under the age of eighteen live in a two-parent household. That is a drop from approximately 60 million in 1968 to 51 million as of 2020.
As such, it is not uncommon for parents to wind up in court when they cannot seem to come to a child custody agreement that works for the whole family. There are many different factors that can play a part in what your family’s child custody plan looks like. One of the lesser talked about is what happens when one parent is facing criminal charges.
Here is what you could expect from your child custody case in Westlake Village if one parent is charged with a crime during your child custody proceedings.
As you can imagine, child custody battles can become even more contentious once criminal charges arise. If you have had criminal charges filed against you, it could adversely affect your ability to obtain shared physical and legal custody of your child. It is possible that you could only be granted supervised visitation depending on the charges against you and the details of your case.
If your child’s other parent has been charged with a crime, contact your family law attorney right away. Make sure to provide your lawyer with any relevant evidence you have to support your case. These could prove to be invaluable during custody proceedings.
Criminal charges can have a dramatic impact on the outcome of your child custody case. Whether you are facing criminal charges amid a custody battle, or need to take action after your child’s other parent has been charged with a crime, the Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi is here to help.
Schedule your initial consultation with a reputable Westlake Village child custody lawyer when you call us at 805-379-4550. Or complete our convenient contact form. We will reach out to you to find out more about your child custody concerns.