When child custody disputes arise, it is often one of the most frightening, stressful, and emotionally draining times in one’s life.  Sometimes these disputes are the most heated and contested issue in a divorce.  The outcome will not only affect your children, it will also affect your life and your family.  It is important as a parent to understand your rights and responsibilities.

At Higbee & Associates, we believe in collaboratively working together with all parties involved to preserve the family dynamic and working with all parties involved to formulate a parenting schedule that is in the best interests of the child.  However, when settlement can not be reached, we will be prepared to aggressively advocate on your behalf demonstrating your fitness as a parent and maximizing as much time as possible for you to spend with your child.

Our mission is to shoulder your burden and ensure that your child custody case is handled by caring, compassionate, and competent attorneys.  We will provide you with the information and expertise you need to make the best decisions for your family.  We will help guide you through the distinction between legal and physical custody.

  • Legal custody of a child is a parent’s right and obligation to make important decisions about a child’s upbringing, including making medical, religion and educational decisions.
  • Physical custody involves the supervision and physical care of the child by the parent and dictates which parent has the right to have a child live with him or her.

In California, both legal and physical custody can be either sole or jointly shared. There is a presumption that joint custody is in the best interest of a minor child where the parents have agreed to joint custody.  California Family Code section 3080.

If the parents can not come to an agreement and the decision of child custody comes before the court, the judge will make the custody determination under the “best interests of the child” standard, which is governed by California statutes and considers a number of factors relating to the child’s welfare, including, capacity of the child’s potential caregiver(s) to provide the child with a stable home, the relationship between the child and parent, age of the child, with all factors focusing on the child’s ultimate safety and well-being as the paramount concern.  A qualified and experienced attorney is vital to make certain that you receive the best possible outcome for your family.  At Higbee & Associates, we strive to make sure that your parental rights are protected.

The experienced attorneys at Higbee & Associates are available to handle all matters involving child custody, including:

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To speak with an attorney at Higbee & Associates about your family law matter, call (714) 617-8383, or contact the firm online.

Thousands of people have come to Higbee & Associates because of the affordable prices, which are typically 35% less than what most attorneys charge.  However, it is the level of service and successful results that keeps clients coming back and referring their friends and family.  Higbee & Associates has earned customer service awards and “A+” ratings from the Better Business Bureau because we are willing to go the extra-mile to help you during difficult times.  It begins with making ourselves available at times that are convenient for you, including Saturdays and outside of normal business hours.  We also eliminate the risk by making the initial consultation free and with no obligation.  We can also meet you in any of our five Southern California offices.  Contact us today and see why our clients love working with us.