Child Custody

Since 1984, The Father’s Rights Law Center® has represented spouses in California in all areas of family law. Our unique law office works with husbands and fathers representing their rights during a marital dissolution. The Father’s Rights Law Center® does not believe that custody is right for every father, but that every father should have an equal right to custody.

Divorce can be an extremely difficult time for both spouses and minor children, and we work to ensure that the process is smooth, and that your interests are properly and fairly represented. To schedule your complimentary consultation immediately, call us today at 1-800-4-LAW HELP.

The Father’s Rights Law Center® assists clients in all of the following legal issues:

Protecting Fathers’ Custody Rights

It has been our experience at Father’s Rights Law Center® that while parenting opportunities for fathers have significantly expanded over the past five (5) years as more and more mothers enter the work force, the best and happiest parenting plans evolve between the separated parents after the divorce has been finalized.

When there is disagreement about child custody and visitation, it is mandatory that the case be set for mediation prior to the court hearing. Father’s Rights Law Center® encourages professional preparation for clients to best present their parenting plan to the family mediators employed by the Superior Court.

The mediator’s initial custody recommendation is made when parents are unable to agree to a custody plan; the court tends to ‘rubber-stamp’ the recommendation, and it becomes critical to all custody orders. If no agreement is reached, a recommendation will be made by the court counselor and the court hearing will proceed. If an agreement is reached the hearing may be cancelled.

One aspect of the Father’s Rights Law Center® program that has proved helpful for clients when initiating joint custodial parenting plans acceptable to the court has been our immediate involvement of prominent child psychologists for clients before the first court appearance to help the father prepare a reasonable parenting plan consistent with family history and needs. Father’s Rights Law Center® director Peter Mueller helps clientele with obtaining balanced and equitable custody sharing arrangements by involving experts of all types to assist in the case. California courts attempt to protect minor children during the divorce process and to lessen the emotional trauma the children may be experiencing. When spouses are not in agreement about custody of the children, the court establishes custody that is in the best interests of the child or children.

The court establishes the custody order after taking into consideration many factors, including the health, safety, and welfare of the child; mental and physical health of the parents, history of abuse by either parent or new partners, siblings, relatives, etc.; the nature and amount of contact with each parent; and use of alcohol or drugs by either parent.

Types of Custody Arrangements

In the past, mothers were granted sole custody more often than fathers, but now mothers are not automatically given custody as in the past. The Father’s Rights Law Center® works with fathers who desire sole custody or joint custody because they wish to be involved with their children’s lives. While custody is not right for every father, our firm strongly believes that every father should have an equal right to custody.

Joint custody: parents share physical and legal custody.

Sole physical custody: the child lives with and is under the supervision of one parent. The other parent may often have visitation.

Joint physical custody: each parent has significant periods of physical custody.

Sole legal custody: one parent has the right and the responsibility to make the decisions relating to the health, education and welfare of a child.

Joint legal custody: both parents share the rights and responsibilities to make decisions concerning the health, education and welfare of the child.

How to Get Legal Help

Agreeing on a custody arrangement can be the most trying part of the divorce process. The Father’s Rights Law Center® is committed to assisting fathers who want an equal right to custody.

The Father’s Rights Law Center® provides complimentary consultations during which we can discuss the details of your family and how best to proceed.

To schedule your complimentary consultation immediately, call us today at 1-800-4-LAW HELP or complete the online request form here.

We look forward to working with you and providing a solid strategy for navigating these difficult waters.