Child Custody

There is no doubt that matters involving your children can be complicated. There is often much more to consider in addition to the specific child custody and visitation laws in California. Families must determine what is in their best interests, but these family decisions are driven by intense emotions and at times very different viewpoints.

“When this is all over, what is my family going to look like?” Our compassionate lawyer will help you answer this question with a time-share arrangement that meets the needs of your family and is easy to implement in the future.

At the Law Offices of Ashley Philpot Mattos, we help you strategically navigate complex custody and visitation rights issues involving divorce, unmarried parenting relationships and grandparent visitation. Sensitivity is paramount in these situations, but we also provide you with straightforward advice to help you make confident and realistic decisions.

Schedule an appointment at either of our two convenient locations in Porterville and Tulare by calling 559-739-7371. We represent individuals throughout California.

What Legal Standard Will Apply To Your Circumstances?

In California, custody and visitation matters are determined based on the best interests of the child standard. Parents can have either sole or joint custody, and there are two different kinds of custody. Legal custody refers to the authority each parent has to make decisions for the child. Physical custody refers to where the child will live.

When a judge makes a determination about the best interests of the child, he or she will consider several factors, including:

  • The age of the child
  • The relationship and emotional ties between each parent and the child
  • Each parent’s ability to care for the child
  • The child’s current education, residence and ties to the community
  • Whether domestic violence or abuse is involved

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At our law office, we are dedicated to finding an arrangement that is in the best interests of your child by taking into account practical considerations as well as the law. We can help you mediate or negotiate an agreement or represent you in court if that is what your family needs.

Call us at 559-739-7371 or send us an email to schedule your first appointment with an effective and empathetic attorney.