Joint Custody

Joint Custody in California

Compassionate Child Custody Attorney in Murrieta

Child custody matters are often one of the most contested subjects in divorces, legal separations, and disputes between unmarried parents. If you are currently fighting over who will take care of your children and what type of visitation schedule will be put in place, then our Murietta family law attorneys at Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich can help.

We often recommend joint custody to parents who will no longer be parenting together, especially if your children are young. You can rely on our experienced legal team to represent your child's best interest at all times while handling your case.

How Does a Joint Custody Agreement Work?

Joint custody is a legal agreement between two parents which keeps both parents involved in the child's life. Child custody arrangements essentially allocate your parental responsibilities. Depending on the specifications of the agreement, this may be equal time or it may give more time to one parent.

If joint custody is awarded, then you will have to work out a parenting plan which is agreeable to all parties. Our Murrieta child custody attorneys are skilled at drafting and reviewing parenting plans to ensure that your rights and responsibilities are protected.

A few examples of the parts which should be included in a parenting plan include:

  • Legal decisions: Who has decision-making authority and about what, such as education, health care, and religious choices.
  • Parenting time: Where the child will live and when they will switch from one parent's house to the other. This will include vacations and holidays.
  • Health insurance: Who will be the provider for the child and how unexpected or uncovered expenses will be handled.
  • Child support: Who will be responsible for paying child support and how much. Typically, the parent who is not the primary custody holder will pay child support.

Prioritizing the Best Interests of Your Children

We want your children's lives to be disrupted as little as possible during your divorce or transition. Our team works to achieve this goal by using our negotiation skills and experience in the field of family and divorce law to ensure all responsibilities, obligations, and rights are considered throughout the process.

To set up a free case consultation with a Murietta family law attorney, call us today at (951) 506-6654.