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Protecting Your Parental Rights

Child custody is probably one of the most heated issues when it comes to divorce and family law disputes. This is due to the fact that it impacts the relationship between a parent and his or her child. While some parents are able to come to their own child custody agreements, others end up in vicious courtroom battles. Whichever type of situation you are in, you need a strong and knowledgeable attorney by your side to help you protect your rights as a parent, as well as the wellbeing of your child or children. Fortunately, we have experienced San Jose divorce lawyers at Arnold Law Group, APC who can assist you. Our attorneys are backed by more than 30 years of combined experience!

What is child custody?

When you are seeking a custody agreement or judgment, there are two forms of child custody that you need to consider—physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody governs which parent the child will live with (either one parent or both). The parent with physical custody provides supervision for the child and takes care of his or her day-to-day needs. Legal custody governs the parent's right to make key decisions that affect the child's life, such as decisions of where the child will go to school or what type of medical care he or she will receive. Child custody may be granted completely or mostly to one parent (sole or primary custody), or it may be granted to both (joint custody).

How is child custody determined?

When the court has to make a child custody and/or visitation decision, it considers a number of different factors. A few of these includes how close the child is to each parent, the ability of each parent to take care of the child, the health and age of the child, the child's ties to his or her current living environment, any history of domestic violence or drug/alcohol problems, etc. If the child is old enough and mature enough, his or her preference may even be taken into consideration. In order to improve your chances of obtaining a favorable child custody order, you will need a skilled lawyer who can present a convincing argument to the court explaining why you deserve custody.

Contact a San Jose divorce attorney from Arnold Law Group, APC for quality legal counsel. We have extensive family law experience, and we can provide you with an initial case evaluation at no charge!

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