Helping You Fight For Your Child’s Best Interests
When you get a divorce, your entire family faces changes and challenges. From where your children will live to who makes decisions about their medical care, child custody can often be a contentious aspect of a divorce. I understand that you want the best for your child and want to remain a steady presence in their life. At Salick Family Law Group, APLC, I will help you fight for your children and your right to parent them.
After working at several large law firms, I founded Salick Family Law Group, APLC, in Century City to provide a more personalized, tailored approach to my client’s cases. Child custody and visitation cases are serious and often involve complex emotions and tension between family members. I know how to navigate these sensitive issues to protect your best interests and family. While I primarily work locally in Los Angeles County, I have handled child custody and visitation cases throughout California. When you work with me, I always work with you personally, respond to questions promptly and tailor legal strategies to suit your needs.
Your Guide In Navigating California’s Child Custody Laws
In California, courts consider the best interests of the child at the forefront of any custody or visitation decision. If the parents cannot agree on a custody arrangement or parenting plan in the terms of their divorce, the courts will step in to make a decision.
The courts will use numerous factors in determining what the best arrangement will be for a child, including:
- Ability to care for the child
- The stability of the parents
- When applicable, the child’s wishes
- History of domestic violence or substance use
Custody arrangements in California can be physical or legal. Legal custody refers to who makes the major decisions about the child’s health, education, religious upbringing and extracurricular activities. Physical custody refers to which parent the child lives with. Both physical and legal custody can be sole or joint, depending on the circumstances of your case. When one parent has sole physical custody, the court can order a visitation schedule to allow the child access to both parents.
I can also assist you with jurisdictional disputes. For example, if one party moves out of California, there may be a dispute as to which state is the child’s home state and which jurisdiction can hear the case itself. If you find yourself in this situation, you need an attorney with the experience to help you navigate complicated jurisdictional issues.
I’ll Be Here For You
As a parent, you only want the best for your child. It can be overwhelming to think of them spending significant time away from you, and you may worry about how they will adjust to all the changes around them. You do not have to face your child custody case alone. Contact me at Salick Family Law Group, APLC, to learn more about how I can support you through this difficult time. To schedule a consultation, call me at 310-765-2894 or complete my online contact form to get in touch.