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Child Custody

San Diego Child Custody Lawyer

Over 25+ Years of Legal Experience in Mesa Custody

Legal proceedings involving children can be emotionally and physically draining. As a La Mesa child custody attorney who has been working in this field since 1992, I understand the complexities and sensitive nature of these cases, which is why I offer you legal assistance that is rigorous, yet empathetic to the needs of your family. When navigating through the legal process, I take into consideration your unique needs and those of your family, ensuring that the relationship dynamics of your family are respected. Whatever your desired outcome may be, I am here to help you.

During child custody cases, judges consider several factors when making a decision, such as:

  • The wishes of the child
  • The age of the child
  • Current and potential health, safety, and welfare of the child
  • Any domestic violence charges on a parent's record
  • Criminal history of both parents
  • The amount of contact that each parent currently has with the child
  • Any possible alcohol or drug use from parents
  • Any mutual agreements that have been negotiated between parents

Legal vs. Physical Custody & Sole vs. Joint Custody in California

When it comes to child custody cases, my aim is to act as your La Mesa custody lawyer to negotiate a mutual settlement between both parties out of court, thus saving all involved parties money and time. While this is my preferred method, it doesn't always pan out this way. In cases where both parties cannot come to an agreement, the matter will be given over to a judge to decide.

The main topics that are discussed during child custody cases are:

  • Legal custody, which gives the parent the right to make decisions about the child's education, medical care, and religious preference.
  • Physical custody, which refers to the child's place of residence.
  • Sole custody, which gives one parent full custody. This can apply to legal custody, physical custody, or both.
  • Joint custody, which requires both parents to share custody. This can apply to legal custody, physical custody or both.
  • Visitation, wherein one parent is given sole custody of the child, and the courts can grant visitation rights to the other parent.

For more information about my child custody services, please give The Law Offices of Andrea Schneider a call at (619) 304-8499.

Professional Help When You Need It Most

  • I treat my clients like family, not case numbers. My clients get the personal attention that their case deserves.
  • When you call my office, you get me! You will not be handed off. I live and breathe your case and I will be with you every step of the way.
  • As a mother of two, I understand it is important to do what's best for you and your family. You can trust, I will do just that for you.
  • I truly care about my clients and am here to help them with any legal matter they are facing.
  • I have your best interest at heart and in mind. I will patiently listen to what you want, need and value.
  • We will strategize and develop a game plan that will help you achieve your goals all while staying within your budget.

Hear From Others
I Have Helped

  • She genuinely cares about me, and my case.

    “First off I would like to say Andrea is amazing. I live out of state, and she is willing to face-time call, text. She is very thorough in everything she does, she also helps me understand. She genuinely cares about me, and my case. I have never felt more comfortable working with someone than her. I honestly couldn’t have found anyone better. Thank you Andrea.”

    Brandy

  • I was lucky receive a call from Andrea.

    “I submitted a general inquiry to speak with a lawyer, and was lucky to receive a call from Andrea. She listened, cared, and provided constructive feedback. I would recommend her, as well as consult with her in the future. ”

    E

  • Andrea was extremele helpful and did an excellent job!

    “I had an uncontentious divorce so thought I could do the paperwork myself, not the case. Andrea was willing to work with us in a way that worked well for both of us. She and her amazing assistant had to undo and redo much of what I thought I did right. They got our paperwork through the court system and took all the stress off of me. Andrea was kind, attentive, transparent, of high integrity and extremely effective. I would highly recommend her!”

    Barbara L.

  • She helped keep me on track and got me a great result.

    “I hired Andrea because of her confidence and her consistency. She plans ahead and stays ahead of the game. Andrea helped me, guided me to be ready for the worst scenario. She helped me prepare for what might come. She helped keep me on track and got me a great result.”

    Former Client

  • I could not afford her to represent me, however, she was kind enough to charge me hourly and consult me.

    “She was patient, understanding, and very thorough. I feel very well prepared to submit my documents. I would highly recommend her expertise.”

    Alina