Children should always be the primary focal point of a divorce with both parents working toward solutions and compromises that allow the child a stable living environment and stable relationships with both parents. In most cases, sharing equal parenting time is an ideal resolution for the long-term benefit of the child. For parents in the midst of divorce or separation, however, it can be difficult to assume the new role of co-parents.
The legal team at the Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi understands the emotional and legal hurdles involved in custody, visitationand relocation matters. With more than a decade of experience and a certification as a family law specialist, Westlake Village child custody attorneyStephanie L. Mahdavi has the experience and legal skill to provide creative solutions and strategies that help the parents arrive at agreeable compromises. Additionally, as a divorcee herself and a child of divorced parents, she is particularly sensitive to the concerns parents and children face in divorce.
PROTECTING YOUR CHILDREN’S INTERESTS THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS
When making decisions regarding child custody, the judge will always consider the best interest of the child first. This includes evaluating the child’s relationship with each parent, the school age of the child, how he or she is performing in school, home dynamics and other critical circumstances in the child’s life. The Ventura County court will also take into consideration the child’s opinion, obtained through mediation or Minor’s Counsel. If requested, a judge may allow a child of reasonable age to testify, however, this method is unfavorable.
In most cases, the court will grant joint legal and joint physical custody of the child, keeping both parents highly involved in the child’s life. Sole custody is difficult to achieve and is generally reserved for instances where it is not in the child’s best interest to be in the custody of one of the parents, whether due to abuse or other dangerous circumstances.
CONSULT WITH AN EXPERIENCED WESTLAKE VILLAGE CHILD CUSTODY ATTORNEY
There are few things more precious than the relationship between a parent and their child. Child custody and visitation are two of the most complex and emotionally charged facets of family law. It is vital to select a child custody attorney with a track record of protecting the rights of each client and their children. Throughout the entire process, we will keep the negotiations directed at an outcome that protects your child’s interests both now and in the future. Our focus to always place the client in the best position to succeed. To schedule a free initial consultation and speak with a divorce attorney who has the best interests of your child at heart, please contact our California law offices today at 805-409-9132.