San Diego Child Custody Attorney
Guidance Through Visitation Matters in California
The vast majority of our clients with child custody and visitation issues are loving and caring parents who just want to do what is best for their children. However, simply discussing what is in best interests of the children can be a contentious and sensitive matter when involving the other parent. Deanne Arthur is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a family law specialist. She has the experience and can offer you competent, aggressive, and compassionate representation in all aspects of your child custody and visitation matter.
At the Law Offices Deanne Arthur, we have guided hundreds of clients through productive negotiations as well as judicial determinations of custody and visitation rights that often accompany divorce and legal separation. She can provide help obtaining modifications, as well as appealing a recent ruling. You can be assured we do everything legally possible to vigorously advocate your interests and protect your children’s rights.
Contact Deanne Arthur today at 619.871.1356 to discuss your child custody or visitation issue.
Understanding Child Custody & Visitation in California
Sometimes divorcing parents need to understand is the type of child custody available. A judge may award custody in a number of different ways depending on the unique circumstances of the case.
- There are two main types of custody:
- Legal custody (California Family Code § 3003) is generally shared by both parents even if the children live primarily with one parent. It refers to the ability to make decisions concerning the health, education and welfare of a minor child.
- Physical custody (California Family Code § 3004) refers to the actual living arrangement of a child. Often, one parent has primary physical custody — the child resides with and is under that parent’s supervision most of the time — while the other parent has visitation rights. If the child resides for significant amounts of time in both parents’ respective homes, both parents are said to have joint physical custody.
As an experienced family law attorney in San Diego, she can fully explain your rights and help you and the other parent shape a workable, flexible, and creative custody agreement that serves the interests of both the children and the adults. She is experienced in negotiating work schedules, school and activities, family holidays, vacations, weekend custody, and any other obstacles to agreement.
Get a Litigation-Free Approach to Child Custody & Visitation
Parents are free to reach their own custody and visitation arrangements through collaborative law or mediation. An amicable agreement is best for all, as it avoids arbitrary decisions by a judge who is unfamiliar with your needs. San Diego Superior Court provides a free mediation service for parents called the Family Court Services. Deanne Arthur can help you prepare for your Family Court Services. Sometimes, however, one party cannot or will not accommodate the other parent’s wishes in this emotionally charged process. In these cases, you can feel confident that we will provide aggressive protection of your rights and interests.