Orange County Fathers’ Rights Attorneys
Representing the Rights of Fathers throughout Orange County and Los Angeles County
California law does not show preference to mothers or fathers in matters related to child custody; rather, the law directs courts to make these determinations in the “best interests of the child.” Nonetheless, rightly or wrongly, fathers often feel that they are at a disadvantage when it comes to issues regarding child custody and child support. At Razai & Nefulda, APC, we are dedicated to helping father assert their parental rights and work hard to ensure that our clients’ child custody disputes are resolved as favorably as possible.
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Child Custody in California
California law splits custody into two distinct types of custody: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to a parent’s right to make decisions regarding the way a child is raised, and courts may order either sole or joint legal custody. Physical custody, on the other hand, refers to the place where a child will live. Similarly, courts can award one parent sole physical custody or establish an arrangement in which parents share physical custody of the child.
Determining a Child’s Best Interests
Judges have significant discretion in determining a child’s best interests. Some of the factors that a court may consider when making this determination include the following:
- The child’s age
- The preference of the child, if he or she is old enough to express a meaningful preference
- The duration and adequacy of the child’s current living arrangements and the desirability of maintaining continuity
- Any history of domestic violence
- The ability of the parents to cooperate in child care
- The stability of any proposed living arrangements for the child
Importantly, courts may consider any other factor that may have a reasonable bearing on the psychological and physical well-being of the child. For this reason, it is critical for any father involved in a child custody dispute to retain an attorney that is familiar with California custody law and who can present his case in the best light possible to the court.
“Divorce is never easy. It certainly isn’t easy when you’re trying to find an attorney who will represent who you are. I was looking for someone fair, but tough. Mr. Razai and his staff were more than I expected. He handled everything himself, and was determined to do what was best for my kids and me. He was quick to let me know when my request was not to my benefit; especially if it wasn’t cost effective. I ended up with a slightly high conflict case, dealing with a difficult personality on the other side, and was even more satisfied with how Mr. Razai and his office handled these specific areas of my case. I will forever be grateful that they were on my side during this trying time.”D.K.