Visitation is a topic that is discussed during a child custody hearing in California. Divorces can be emotionally draining for children, so even if they have to live apart, California law encourages both parents to be able to spend time with their children and have a relationship with them.
The Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi, based in Ventura County, focuses on establishing a visitation schedule or parenting plan that protects your child’s bond with both parents. The Westlake Village family law attorneys at The Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi have over two decades of experience working with clients all around the area to find creative solutions while keeping all parties focused on a final agreement that is in the best interests of the child.
The state of California has various types of visitation orders that can be granted by a judge, including:
A judge may grant joint legal custody of the child or children to both parents, but not joint physical custody. When a parent does not have physical custody, they are usually granted visitation rights and maybe legal custody.
Judges must award custody based on what is in the “best interest of the child,” according to the law. The court will consider the following factors when deciding what is best for a child:
The law states that courts cannot refuse your right to custody or visitation just because you were never married to the other parent, because you or the other parent has a physical disability, or because you or the other parent has a different lifestyle, religious belief, or sexual orientation.
The quality of your legal representation can make a major impact when it comes to key family law matters including child custody, visitation, alimony, divorce modifications, and property and asset splits. We have a variety of appointment times available, including evenings.