The Law Offices of Ronda A. Middleton

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Protecting Your Child’s Best Interests In Custody And Visitation

Resolving child custody and visitation matters during a divorce or separation can be a very sensitive process. It is important to reach a solution that is in the best interests of the children through means that cause the least amount of disruption to the family.

At The Law Offices of Ronda A. Middleton, we are committed to helping parents find favorable resolutions in their child custody and visitation cases. From our offices in Fullerton, we represent clients throughout Orange County and Southern California. Our goal is the same as yours: putting your child’s best interests first. We strive to create and maintain the most beneficial parenting plan for all parties because we know how important your family is to you.

Determining Where Your Child Will Live, And When

Custody is usually shared between parents equally unless one parent has a history of chemical dependency, child abuse or child molestation. Child custody arrangements can be tailored around schedules of parents who travel often or work unusual hours.

Special situations may give rise to monitored visitations, court-supervised custody and court-mandated classes about co-parenting. Both family counseling and legal counsel can be useful in dealing with the difficult task of raising children when the marriage has faltered. At The Law Offices of Ronda A. Middleton, we routinely handle child custody issues and strive to help create arrangements that put children’s well-being first.

About Joint Custody And Parenting Plans

Child custody arrangements can include joint legal custody, where both parents share the decision-making regarding education, nonemergency medical treatment and other designated items, such as extracurricular activities. Although one parent may be awarded physical custody, joint custody still means the parents share decision-making and parenting time. Joint custody can be an equal or 50/50 parenting time arrangement, but this is not mandatory.

The best parenting plan takes into account many factors, including the ages of the children, the parents’ work schedules, the distance between homes, the location of schools, and in some cases, the preferences of the child or children.

How To Reach An Agreement

It is usually in the child’s best interest for parents to work together to solve child custody issues. When parents are able to resolve these matters outside of the courts through mediation or collaborative law methods, they may cooperate in pursuit of child-focused goals, resulting in less harm to the child. However, if there are complex issues involving chemical dependency or abuse, litigation may become necessary. A compassionate, skilled advocate can benefit your family.

Contact Us Today

We will help you determine how to proceed with your custody and child support matters. Call CALL or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to start discussing your case. You can expect a 24-hour response to your inquiry.