Helping You Find Lasting Custody Solutions

Child custody is one of the most strongly contested and emotionally challenging issues in a divorce proceeding. While the divorce is about ending a marriage, it does not have to be the complete demise of the family. California courts strongly believe children benefit from a bond with both parents. Working out mutually agreeable custody and visitation agreements which are in the best interests of a child can foster these relationships and help your child flourish.

You and the other parent may find it extremely challenging to reach agreements regarding a workable custody arrangement for your family. At the Law Office of Steven M. Bishop, CFLS, you will benefit from working with a Certified Family Law Specialist who has nearly 40 years of experience in custody cases. Mr. Bishop focuses his practice on family law matters and is dedicated to guiding and supporting you throughout your case with compassion.

Items Covered In Custody Agreements

In California, public policy is to ensure children receive the benefit of frequent and continuing contact with both parents who have gone their separate ways, whether they are divorced or were never married.

Ideally, both parents work together to develop a parenting plan, a document which details the custody and visitation schedule. A parenting plan should be comprehensive and address issues such as:

  • Where the child attends school
  • How the child spends vacations and school holidays
  • Child care arrangements
  • The religion the child observes
  • Primary medical and dental care providers
  • How communication with one parent is handled when the child is with the other parent

Once parents work out the details of the parenting plan and the court reviews and approves it, the terms become an enforceable court order.

What You Need To Know About Custody In California

In a child custody matter, the terms "custody" and "visitation" have legal definitions specific to California which might be different from what people commonly assume them to mean:

  • Legal custody: Legal custody determines who makes decisions for the children regarding their health, safety, welfare and education. The courts favor awarding joint legal custody in a divorce, allowing each parent to share in the decision-making for the children.
  • Physical custody: Physical custody determines the parent with whom the child lives. In the case of joint physical custody, the child spends time with both parents, based on a schedule they agree upon or which the court orders.
  • Visitation: A visitation schedule is an integral part of the parenting plan. It includes the specific days the child spends with each parent, pick-up and drop-off times, and a schedule for holidays and vacations.

The courts are trending toward disregarding the gender of parents when making family law decisions, allowing each parent to play a crucial role in the life of the child. As your lawyer, Mr. Bishop will help you understand and assert your rights. If you want to know more about your custody case, have questions about your parenting arrangement or need to modify an existing custody agreement, we offer reliable advice and effective strategies.

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If you are considering getting a divorce in San Diego County, the Law Office of Steven M. Bishop, CFLS, has the experience to seek the results you need. Let an attorney who is a Certified Family Law Specialist help you with your child custody issues. Call us at 619-535-0678 or contact us online to schedule a no-obligation consultation today.