San Francisco Child Custody Attorney
Protect Your Child's Best Interest
In many divorces, the most significant point of contention between the two individuals is the question of child custody. For most parents, divorcing does not change how they feel about being a parent to their children and they fight to maintain that status.
The question of child custody must always come down to what is in the best interest of the child. If you are currently in the midst of a battle for custody of your children and need experienced legal representation, contact the San Francisco family law attorney at Romanovska Law.
Who Gets Custody of the Kids?
When it comes to custody in the midst of a divorce, California courts use several criteria to evaluate what situation would be in the best interest of the child or children.
Deciding factors for assigning custody include:
- The health and safety of the children: Parents with records of abuse or neglect are highly unlikely to be assigned custody.
- The preference of the child: California law requires courts to consider the wishes of a child that is mature enough to make an intelligent choice, although the law does not specify any particular age.
- Co-parenting abilities: The courts look for which parent might be more inclined and skilled in encouraging, and facilitating, a healthy and stable relationship with the other parent. The courts often frown upon any parent’s actions that intentionally hinder the child from developing a relationship with their other parent.
- Consistency and stability: The courts look at which parent is better equipped to provide a stable living environment and lifestyle for the child.
Depending on the specific situation, the courts may decide to assign sole custody to one parent with visitation rights to another or some other arrangement of shared custody. In any case, the result is always to be determined based on what is best for the child, not the parents.
For more information about how child custody is decided in California, or if you need San Francisco divorce lawyer Diana Romanovska to help you protect your relationship with your kids, contact Romanovska Law today.
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