Do the Courts Favor Mothers or Fathers in Custody Decisions?

Do the Courts Favor Mothers or Fathers in Custody Decisions?

There was a time – decades ago – when courts assumed that it was best for a child to live with their mother if the parents separated or divorced. Fortunately, the law in California no longer favors the mother or the father when it comes to custody, but rather they look to what is in the best interests of the child.

No matter which parent you are, one of the Long Beach child custody lawyers from Furubotten Law can provide you with further information and advocate for your interests in your divorce or custody case.

Child Custody Decisions are Based on the Best Interests of the Child

Whatever the court determines is in the best mental, physical, emotional, social, and educational interests of the child will determine the outcome of custody. California law now has a presumption that joint custody – whenever possible – is in the best interests of the child.

Instead of favoring one parent or another, the court aims for joint custody so the child can have continuing and meaningful relationships with both parents whenever possible. There are some situations in which one parent might get primary custody and the other visitation rights, including when one parent moves too far away, or their home is not conducive to the child’s health and well-being.

The decision of the court in terms of your child custody situation will impact how your child is raised, and the time you are allowed to spend with them. Having an experienced divorce attorney on your side to best present your parenting as within the best interests of the child is critical.

Discuss Your Case with a Long Beach Child Custody Lawyer Today

How custody is determined will impact your life and your child’s life following your break up or divorce, and having informed advocacy is essential to support your interests. Contact a Long Beach child custody lawyer now to schedule a consultation with Furubotten Law to discuss your child custody case.

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