The primary objective of child custody cases is to provide an agreement that is in the best interest of the children, particularly during this turning point in their lives. It is widely agreed that it is important for children to maintain continued quality contact with both parents. The court generally rules accordingly, trying to offer a balanced order.In Sonoma County, judges do not favor the mother or the father, but rather they try to arrange custody and visitation in a way that both parents maintain quality relationships with the children.
Advocating For The Best Interest Of The Children
At Challoner Law, our family law and divorce lawyers remind parents to keep the best interests of the children a priority. Unless substance abuse, abusive relationships or other issues are at play, it is important that both parents have access to the children.
Here are a few facts to know:
- In Sonoma County, parents must complete mediation with family court services, working for a custody agreement before they go to court. Your child is your highest priority, and this mediation process allows you to create an agreement that is in the child’s best interest.
- Many couples agree upon a joint physical custody arrangement. If one parent is awarded sole physical custody, it is generally the parent who is already providing the primary residence. Legal custody — education, residence, medical and legal decision-making — is often shared between the parents.
- Initial custody decrees are open to modification down the road, primarily if one parent relocates and there is child relocation. Even if the parent only moves out of the county, he or she needs a custody evaluation unless both parties can reach an agreement on how they will maintain contact. Other modifications may be required as the child ages and is involved in various extracurricular activities.
- Modifications are also available if one of the parents is suspected of having alcohol, drugs, and addiction or abuse issues.
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To arrange an initial consultation with our Santa Rosa child custody attorneys, please contact our California law firm today at 707-542-8516.