Temecula Child Custody Lawyers

During a divorce, a parent's greatest concern often falls to the future of his or her children. A divorcing parent may fear that he or she will not be able to keep the children or will lose custody rights altogether.

Our Temecula child custody lawyers of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP understand how sensitive the subject of child custody can be for parents. We are committed to protecting your legal parental rights and will fight on your behalf for custody. Contact us today at 760-722-7646 to discuss your legal rights and options.

Child Custody and Visitation Rights

Unfortunately, any divorce creates a gap between the parents and the children involved. One parent will be granted primary custody, while the other parent will be granted visitation rights. While it is almost impossible for both parents to get to spend equal time with the children after a divorce, visitation rights ensure that the time is divided as equitably as possible. The noncustodial parent is typically entitled to visitation rights to see his or her children and a court order protects these rights after the divorce is finalized.

Factors in Deciding Child Custody

The court considers many different factors when deciding which parent should be deemed the custodial parent. The major factors include:

  • Age of the children. Young children are not given a choice in custody decisions, while older children are allowed to request to stay with one parent over another.
  • Parents’ work schedule. The court will favor a parent with a job during regular working hours because this allows the parent to be available in the evening when the children are out of school. A parent who travels frequently for work will likely be at a disadvantage in child custody decisions.
  • Determining whether adultery or abuse was involved in the divorce. The court largely rules against an adulterous or abusive spouse when deciding child custody, as this is not considered a good environment in which to raise a child.
  • Determining who the children's primary caregiver was before the divorce. The court prefers to disrupt children's lives as little as possible, so they often rule in favor of the parent who has been the primary caregiver in the past.

Contact Us

Dealing with child custody decisions is difficult for any parent. If you are considering or anticipating a divorce, our Temecula divorce attorneys can help you through this difficult time and will work to ensure that your parental rights are protected.

To learn more about child custody decisions and divorce, contact the Temecula child custody lawyers of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP today at 760-722-7646.

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