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California law requires that child custody orders be based primarily on the
best interests of the children.

In making this determination, the court must consider all of the following:

  • The health, safety and welfare of the child;
  • Any history of child, spousal or intimate partner abuse or violence
  • The nature and amount of contact of the children with both parents
  • The habitual or continual use of controlled substances, the habitual or continual abuse of alcohol, or the habitual or continual abuse of prescribed controlled substances by either parent.

It is important to have a court order regarding child custody, for many reasons.  These reasons include the need for children to have stability in their lives and the need for parents to have clear and enforceable guidelines in place as to their relative timeshare and responsibility for the children.  Such guidelines can specify detailed arrangements for the sharing of custody, and may include:

  • a set timeshare schedule for each parent, locations and times for exchanges of the children;
  • orders regarding the parents’ responsibility for determining children’s religious education, schooling and health care;
  • orders regarding the circumstances under which a parent may relocate with the children to another geographic area;
  • whether third parties, including grandparents, other relatives, or others may have contact with the children; and
  • prohibitions or restrictions on a parent’s consumption of alcohol or controlled substances.

Without such guidelines, it is easy for disputes, misunderstandings, and arguments to get in the way of each parent’s ability to care for the children. On the other hand, where parents have established such guidelines by agreement or court order, the chance of successful co-parenting is enhanced.

I Want to Relocate to Another Area:
Can I Take Our Children With Me?

The issue of relocation with the children is one of the most difficult for courts to handle. Often a parent has good reasons – even a need – to move to another area. Such reasons can include job opportunities, educational opportunities, family responsibilities, or a host of other reasons. However, moving with the children to another geographic location, especially one that is distant, can deprive the children of the ability to have frequent and continuing contact with the non-moving parent, which could be detrimental to the child.

The courts in such cases will consider a number of factors in determining whether the children will suffer detriment from relocation and whether custody should be modified. These factors include:

• the children’s interest in stability and continuity in the custodial arrangement;
• the distance of the move;
• the children’s ages;
• the children’s relationship with both parents;
• the relationship between the parents, including their ability to communicate with each other in the best interests of the children
• the children’s wishes, if they are mature enough to make that inquiry appropriate
• the reasons for the proposed move; and
• the extent to which the parents are currently sharing custody.

Relocation is a complicated area of law, and the stakes for both parents and the children are high in such situations. If you or the other parent of your children is considering a move-away, you need the services of an experienced and skilled attorney. The Law Offices of Claudia Silverman, A.P.C., in Oxnard, can help you.

Create A Parenting Plan
That Suits Your Family.

If you are trying to fashion a timeshare agreement or parenting plan that suits your needs and your children’s best interests, rely on the counsel of the Law Offices of Claudia Silverman, A.P.C., in Oxnard.

Our firm helps parents throughout Oxnard, Ventura, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks or Westlake Village who need assistance with child custody issues. Claudia Silverman has over 30 years of experience and is a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

Unmarried Parents May Need
Legal Help With Child Custody

California law provides protections to protect the rights of unmarried parents and their children.  If you live in Oxnard, Ventura, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks or Westlake Village, and your child’s other parent are separated, your situation may require the assistance of an attorney. We are family law specialists, and can guide you as you establish paternity (also called parentage), create a parenting plan, and seek or pay child support.

Know Your Rights: Talk With A Lawyer.
Get Professional Child Custody Help Today

When it comes to your children, do not try to handle the court system alone. Work with a Certified Family Law Specialist. Speak with an attorney about your case by calling our office in Oxnard at 805-981-3908 and scheduling an appointment.
Areas of Practice:
Divorce
Legal Separation
Child Custody
Child Visitation
Parenting Plans (Custody)
Stepparent Adoption
Division of Property
Spousal Support
Child Support
Marital Settlement Agreements
Same Sex Marriage and LGBT Family Law
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
Modification of Existing Parenting Plans (Custody)
Modification of Child Support or Spousal Support Orders
Mediation of Family Law Matters

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Family Law Specialist
Oxnard, Ventura, Camarillo Divorce Attorney
Legal Separation
Child Custody
Child Visitation
Parenting Plans (Custody)
Stepparent Adoption
Division of Property
Spousal Support
Child Support
Marital Settlement Agreements

Same Sex Marriage and LGBT
Prenuptial Agreements
Postnuptial Agreements
Modification of Existing Parenting Plans (Custody)
Modification of Child Support
Modification of Spousal Support
Family Law Mediation