San Diego Child Custody Lawyer
Our Family Law Attorneys in San Diego are Here for You
The divorce process can be a difficult one, as it bears a heavy burden on both of the spouses and the children. Making a decision on the custodial arrangement of where to place the child after a divorce is a tough one, which is why it's important to have a qualified divorce lawyer from Moore, Schulman & Moore, APC by your side.
With more than 200 years of collective family law experience, our firm has the skill, knowledge, and determination to protect your rights. Whether you are seeking sole or joint custody, or visitation rights, you can count on our San Diego child custody attorneys to provide the seasoned legal representation you deserve.
Contact our San Diego child custody attorney to arrange an initial consultation. We are ready to put our skills and experience to work for you!
How a Judge Will Decide What Is "Best for the Child"
When it comes to child custody, the courts will always choose what they believe is in the best interest of the child. Forcing change upon a child is the last thing a judge wants to do. In some cases, where a child is 12 years of age or older, the court will ask the child who they would prefer to live with.
If the parents have been separated for a while before the divorce was filed, the judge will usually maintain the status quo of the child custody arrangement. However, this decision will largely be made using the “best interest of the child” standard – whether that includes one or both parents.
Some of the factors that a judge may take into consideration include:
- Any pre-existing child custody arrangements
- Emotional ties between the child and their parents
- The amount of time each parent spends with the child
- History of domestic violence or substance abuse
- The ability of both parents to care for the child
There are some factors that judges will not consider. This includes the parents' moral character. The actions of one parent do not affect the decision unless their actions have a direct effect on the child. An affair, for example, would not be considered if the child never knew or does not understand.
Learn How Our San Diego Divorce Attorneys Can Help
The process of filing for divorce and seeking child custody can be complicated, so finding the right lawyer is crucial. At Moore, Schulman & Moore, APC, our San Diego child custody attorneys are here to help you from start to finish. Don’t settle for inexperienced legal counsel when you can hire a Board Certified Family Law Expert from our firm. We are backed by more than 200+ years of experience.
Get in touch with us today to allow us to begin working on your case. When you choose to work with our legal team, you can rest easier knowing yours and your child’s needs will come first.