Ventura Child Custody Lawyer
Find a Favorable Resolution
At the Law Offices of Janet L. Mertes, our Ventura family lawyer understands
that child custody is often the most complicated and emotional aspect of any
divorce. This is because both parents want to ensure that their children are properly
cared for without sacrificing their own time with them. What often results
is a long and difficult battle in which stress and frustration are prevalent.
Our job is to ensure that child custody negotiations are as easy as possible
and result in a favorable resolution.
How is child custody determined?
In California, as in most states, a judge will place the highest priority
on the best interest of the child, not on the wishes or emotional needs
of the parent. It is the general consensus that children will benefit
most by equal time spent with each parent, which typically results in
a joint custody arrangement. However, there are certain elements that
may break the status quo of a circumstance and result in a judge awarding
sole custody to one parent over another.
Other factors that might be considered in a custody arrangement include:
- The child’s age and health
- The relationship the child has with each parent
- Who has previously been the primary care-giver
- The amount of time each parent has previously spent with children
- Any history of domestic violence
- Alcohol or drug use
- Environmental factors regarding how each parent lives
- The ability of each parent to provide for the child
- The child’s own wishes
Additionally, if one parent is planning on moving away after a divorce
is finalized, the distance between the child’s current home and
the parent’s new location will be considered. If the judge believes
that the move will significantly and negatively impact a child’s
status quo, relationships, education, and community involvement, the move
may affect that parent’s eligibility for custody.
If you feel that your ex-spouse’s new circumstances do not align
with your children’s best interests, we will go to work for you.
We will compile evidence via medical records, financial statements, and
witness testimony regarding any existing abuse, alcohol use, health problems,
or monetary issues that can act as evidence that custody for your ex-spouse
would violate your children’s status quo or well-being.
Retain Compassionate Legal Counsel
Ultimately, you and your children are our top priority. Our
Ventura family law attorney will fight for your rights as a parent while ensuring that your children
have the best chance at a happy and thriving future. We will use our years
of experience and compassionate service to provide legal solutions that
can protect the interests of you and your children. Janet L. Mertes is
fully committed to mitigating the negative impact that a divorce can have
on your family.
Start the discussion with our team and let us go to work for you.