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Custody and Visitation Attorney Serving Huntington Beach, California

child custody and visitation

Child custody and visitation determination disputes will become very difficult for both parents and their children. Whether you are a married couple facing divorce or an unmarried couple facing a custody dispute, it is important to consult with a lawyer regarding your rights as soon as possible. At the law office of Edwin Fahlen, we offer strategic and dedicated advocacy to protect the rights of our clients involved in custody and visitation disputes. We take a comprehensive approach to your case to protect your interests and the best interests of your children.

California Child Custody

Child custody determinations may be required for either divorcing or unmarried couples. The concept of child custody will be characterized under two distinct concepts:
  • Physical custody: This is the determination where the child will reside
  • Legal custody: This is a determination who gets to make healthcare, education or religious decisions regarding the child
Parties may seek joint custody, meaning they make an arrangement allowing both parties to share physical and legal custody. Alternatively, either parent may seek sole custody, reflecting a desire to have physical and legal custody solely vested in himself or herself.

You may require a temporary custody order pending the final divorce or custody order. We will represent you as you seek a temporary order, final order or post-judgment modification of a final order. The court will look at a number of factors in determining custody orders, all related to the best interests of the child. These factors will also become relevant if you are seeking modification of an existing order.

Visitation Schedules

Visitation is also known as "parental contact time." Married or unmarried parents will assert their rights to visitation or parenting time with the child. We are experienced in assisting clients obtain a temporary order, final order or post-judgment modification of an existing order. Visitation schedules are determined based on a number of factors that focus on the best interests of the children, including where the child resides or the schedule of a child's daily activities. In every case, we will seek an order that protects your rights and the best interests of your children. Contact us for more information on a specific arrangement for your family.

Visitation and Child Custody Modifications

After an original order is issued, one party may have a need for a modification due to a change in circumstance. We are experienced in helping our clients obtain or challenge modifications of an existing order.

Visitation and Child Custody Enforcement

In some cases, you will need legal assistance to enforce a court ordered custody or visitation schedule. We are experienced in handling contempt issues and allegations that one party is not abiding by the custodial order.

Contact Edwin Fahlen for a free initial consultation · Flexible appointment schedules · Lawyer accessible to clients 24/7· Credit cards accepted · Office centrally located near Huntington Beach, California