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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 in the following types:

  • 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!

Attorney Helping Parents Resolve Custody Issues in Orange County

Are you or someone you care about facing an issue of child custody in Orange County? If so, Orange County child custody attorney Marc E. Mitzner may be able help you. It is often said that until one becomes a parent one cannot truly experience "unconditional love". Many people also say that once one has become a parent, it totally changed their perspective and priorities in life. It is generally accepted around the world that in normal circumstances a universal emotion of connectedness and care is present between a parent and child. Also, in many cultures both parents are recognized as being needed to influence, nurture and help the child to develop optimally.

The Courts recognize this natural bond of child with each parent as something inalienable. In order to deny one or the other parent custody, there must be strong grounds proved to the Court that it is in the best interest of the child to not be in close association with one or the other parent. It is up to the accusing parent to prove the other parent is "unfit", to the degree that association with the child would be more of a detrimental, rather than positive, association. The issue of who will raise the child or children is a question that has many facets - physically, environmentally, emotionally, educationally and spiritually. The Courts will always do their best to side with the action that is "in the best interest of the child".

What happens in the case of child custody too often, however, is that the child or children may become a "bargaining point", or worse, "emotional tyranny" occurs being played out by using the child as an object. In other words, one parent , knowing how much the other parent loves and has a deep bond with the child, may use that love to try to hurt the former spouse. Statements may be made like "if you divorce me I will make sure you will never see our son again". Or "you are not going to get off easy - I will do all I can to show what an unfit father you really are!" These kinds of hurtful remarks (and worse) often make the child custody issue the most damaging and potentially destructive of all the elements which comprise a divorce action.

How Can I Make Sure I Get Custody of My Child?

Even in times where the ex-spouses start off very agreeable, it is still advisable to have proper legal counsel so that your rights and privileges as a parent will be protected by law into the future. In this way, you will not be subject to the whims of the other parent and will have a legal document that may be enforced if necessary.

In this most important issue, it is understandably advised to have legal counsel who is wise and experienced in the child custody courts. If you or your spouse have decided to agree or disagree on the shape of how custody should be structured in your Orange County child custody case, hiring a caring child custody attorney may make difference in the process and outcome of your case. Hiring a child custody lawyer may be the smartest thing you can do to have reputable, legal assistance on your side in a matter that is so dear to your heart.

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.

If you need an attorney to fight for your child custody rights, contact lawyer, Marc E. Mitzner. With over 20 years of experience in divorce and family law, exclusively, and over a thousand satisfied clients in the Orange County area- he understands child custody law. Contact him today for a free consultation and analysis of your case.

“Marc is one of the kindest, most professional attorneys I know. I have observed him many times in court. He is always prepared and very knowledgeable. Marc is a humble, compassionate advocate who is well known and well respected by the bench and bar. I endorse this lawyer.”

- Brett Wishart,- Fellow lawyer in community
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