Child Custody

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Newport Beach Child Custody Attorney

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If you are a parent of a child that is a product of a marriage that is dissolving in a legal separation, annulment or divorce, or you have a child from a relationship outside of marriage - the issue of child custody and /or visitation is often the most difficult one.

Your desires and the desire of your partner may be miles apart at the start, but it is to the advantage of all parties, particularly the children, to come to an amicable child custody agreement outside the courtroom, if possible.

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At The Law Offices of Marc E. Mitzner, we are completely focused on handling family law and divorce cases, so you can be confident that we have the experience you need to meet your goals. Take a look at our qualifications:

  • Attorney Marc E. Mitzner is one of a few attorneys in Southern California who has achieved the family law specialist certification. This puts him in an elite group of attorneys who are uniquely qualified to handle your case.
  • Our firm has more than 20 years of experience in negotiations & trial.
  • We offer free consultations for any who want to discuss their case and how we can help.

What are the different types of custody?

It is important for any parent looking at proposing an agreement for child custody to understand the different types of custody there are under the law. Mr. Mitzner is committed to assist you in the understanding and consequences of these categories and will work diligently on your behalf to achieve your ideal arrangement. Child custody may be broken down as:

  • Legal custody- the parent, though perhaps not the primary caregiver, still has the legal - say in the activities and upbringing of the child.
  • Physical custody - the parent either periodically or permanently can actually have the physical presence of the child.
  • Joint custody - the parents share responsibilities and duties for the child, legally and physically.
  • Sole custody - only one of the parents is allowed to have the child with them and there is simply visitation, which allows one parent to visit the child.

In visitation, it may be determined that these are supervised or unsupervised visits. Newport Beach family Attorney Mitzner recognizes there are different types of custody and has the knowledge and the care to give you the understanding of these differences and what they mean to you and your relationship with your child.

What is the priority of the court in a custody case?

The court recognizes the rights of the parent to have access to their children and the child to have access to their parents. The guiding principle in all family law court matters is what is in the best interest of the child. When the parents cannot agree on a child custody arrangement, the judge will intervene using that guideline. The court will look deeply into each of the parents' mental, physical, environmental, and financial status, as well as their history as it concerns drug use or criminal activities, domestic violence, and lifestyle. If the child is 12 years of age or older, the child may be asked if they have a preference as to the arrangement.

If you are going through a divorce contact a Newport Beach family attorney today for representation!

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