Visitation Rights in California
Protect your Parental Rights by Retaining an Experienced La Mesa Child Custody Attorney
I’m a mother of 2 kids. I get it. I love helping parents get a visitation and custody order that best serves the needs of their child/children. As a La Mesa child custody lawyer, I have been helping families determine and enforce parental visitation rights since 1992. I understand that your personal situation and family dynamics are unique. For this reason, I want to help you successfully navigate this complicated legal process. During your consultation, we can discuss your legal objectives and I can develop a strategy that safeguards your parental rights. If you are open to it, I will help you create a customized parenting plan that works for your family, not what the Court thinks is best for your family.
With You Through the Difficult Times
Any decisions relating to child custody and visitation are always the most difficult and emotionally challenging for parents finalizing the divorce process or for those never married but that have children. Typically, a visitation schedule can be agreed to by the separating parents or if they can’t agree, it will be determined by the court.
The goal of the parenting plan is to ensure that both parents can build healthy and meaningful relationships with their children. The Court tries to do what it feels is in the best interest of the child/children. Sometimes circumstances change, and visitation schedules need to be enforced or modified to meet the needs of both parents and children.
I provide free consultations. Call me at (619) 304-8499 or contact me online to learn more about your legal rights.
California Visitation Laws
In California, visitation rights are the rights that noncustodial parents have to visit their child or children. It’s important to recognize that a visitation schedule is, first and foremost, meant to benefit the needs of your child. Hence, many courts determine custody and visitation rights based on “the child’s best interests.”
A judge thoroughly reviews several factors before making any final judgments. When a parent violates the court order, they may face severe legal penalties.
It’s important to develop a meticulous visitation schedule that accounts for as many contingencies as possible. This is very important for both you and your child. If you’re currently going through the divorce process, I can represent your case and help you develop an effective parenting plan that reflects your needs and lifestyle while considering the well-being of your child.
Time changes all things, including the needs of parents and children. As your child grows older or your personal and living circumstances change, you may need to modify your child custody and visitation order to ensure your parenting time is respected and fits the needs of your child and your lifestyle and schedule. This can be a complex process, so it’s imperative that you seek legal guidance before starting the process.
Enforcing Parental Rights
Child custody and visitation orders strictly define the amount of time each parent has with their child and when that time will take place. Usually, parents can work together to accommodate any scheduling conflicts without there being any problems. Other parents may require additional stipulations in their parenting plan, especially in a high-conflict relationship.
If one parent violates the other’s rights or parenting time, then legal action may need to be taken. It is illegal to withhold a child from their parent in California. Violating the custody order may even warrant a modification that changes the designation of the custodial parent.
The singular exception to this scenario is if one parent suspects their child is being abused. This can be a very sensitive and delicate situation that requires an experienced attorney.
Schedule a Consultation
As a La Mesa child custody attorney, my priority is ensuring that each case I represent has a positive outcome that benefits the families I serve. If you require representation in a legal matter concerning your visitation rights or custody, please contact my office so we can discuss your case.
You don’t have to struggle in this situation alone. Please contact The Law Offices of Andrea Schneider at (619) 304-8499 to learn more about the services I provide. I represent clients in El Cajon, Lemon Grove, and any surrounding areas.
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