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Child Custody

Ventura Child Custody Lawyer

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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.

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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.

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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.

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