Glendale Child Custody & Visitation ATTORNEY

Child Custody & Visitation Attorneys in Glendale

Focusing 100% on the Best for Your Children

At Holmes & Holmes, our Glendale child custody lawyers are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality of representation possible. Backed by decades of experience, we have seen how child custody and visitation rights issues can tear a family apart. This is why it is imperative to retain attorneys who are both caring and capable. Making sure our clients fully understand their rights is one of the most important aspects of our job.

With five highly skilled lawyers, our family law practice has been able to provide compassionate yet aggressive legal representation to every client we serve. If you are going through a divorce and are worried about parental rights, seeking effective legal counsel should be your top priority.

Call our team of Glendale child custody attorneys today at (818) 284-6632 today. We provide caring, capable, and comprehensive counsel.

How Do I Prepare For Custody?

If you have children with your spouse and are seeking a divorce, child custody and visitation rights are something you need to prepare for. Divorce can be a difficult adjustment for children, which is why custody terms need to be dealt with carefully. While California law generally prefers to award joint legal custody where both parents can make legal decisions regarding their child/children, there are other types of custody that to be aware of.

What Kinds of Custody Are There?

We help our clients understand the different types of custody and visitation rights, including:

  • Sole custody, in which one parent is awarded both physical and legal custody
  • Joint custody, in which both parents share equal time with, and equal custody of, the child
  • Legal custody, in which the parent can make legal decisions regarding the health, education, religion, and other important matters of the child
  • Physical custody, in which custody is awarded to the parent with whom the child will live

For a parent to gain sole custody, you must be able to prove to the courts that this arrangement is in the child's best interests. The courts will evaluate your current relationship with the child, how stable the home environment is, if the other parent has not been able to meet the child's needs, as examples.

What Are My Visitation Rights?

In addition to child custody rights, visitation rights might also need to be outlined, such as how much time a non-custodial parent can spend with the child, where that visitation can take place, and whether that visitation needs to be supervised.

Child custody should always be about what's best for the child or children involved. Custody battles can be time-consuming and stressful, especially when the parties cannot come to an agreement on their own. If you are in a tough spot and need the intervention of a strong legal team, Holmes & Holmes is the firm for you.

How Both Parents Are Needed

When it comes to the children in the family, divorce can be a traumatic experience for them. Children may feel lost or frightened when the entire family unit is no longer present in one home. They may have concerns about where they will live or how often they will see one or both parents. In high-tension divorce situations, children may also feel the need to choose sides or even protect one parent from the other. These intense emotions can force children to grow up too quickly and place undue responsibility upon themselves.

It is vital that both parents try their best to keep tensions down at home in front of the children during a divorce. All issues should be dealt with away from where the children can see or hear. Both parents should try their best to promote a healthy relationship between the children and the other parent, regardless of any personal feelings one parent has against the other. Children should not feel as though they must choose sides. Parents must remain strong for their children.

Call our team of compassionate child custody attorneys in Glendale at (818) 284-6632 to move forward with your situation.

Co-Parenting

Has your family been impacted by divorce? The division of a family is never simple, but when the divorcing couple remains connected due to mutual children, it can become even more challenging. Since both parties will want to remain connected to continually develop the relationship with their children, and it is usually in the best interests of the children to have visitation with both parents, formulating a workable plan with longevity is important.

What is Co-Parenting?

A co-parenting relationship is that which parents share with one another after divorce. Although parents were not able to get along as a couple, they are often able to still maintain a strong co-parenting relationship that supports their mutual children. A supportive co-parenting relationship holds the following attributes:

  • Being on a parenting team
  • Sharing the childcare responsibilities
  • Handling conflict resolution related to the children appropriately
  • Supporting one another in the parenting process

Benefits of Co-Parenting to Your Children

Though it can be difficult, the benefit of co-parenting is bountiful. With a solid arrangement, your children will see that they are more important than the conflict that uprooted the previous family structure. Some of the main benefits to the children of a cooperative co-parenting plan include:

  • Mental and emotional health - A solid arrangement can help them avoid issues such as depression and anxiety.
  • Strong understanding of problem solving - When children see their parents handling conflict, they will learn to peacefully resolve problems that they face.
  • Security - Children will be able to sleep soundly at night knowing that they have the love and support of both their parents. This helps them adjust to new living situations and develop stronger self-esteem.

Developing a Strong Co-Parenting Relationship

There are steps that each parent can take to improve their continued relationship as parents after divorce. These actions include:

  • Positivity - Focus on maintaining a positive relationship with your former spouse or partner by avoiding badmouthing or arguing with the other party in front of the children.
  • Lifting one another up - Recognize and verbalize the value that each parent brings to your mutual children’s lives. If one party is struggling, try to remain positive. This can help show your kids that they are the priority above any conflict.
  • Communication - Manage differences and resolve conflicts quickly and appropriately. Find an effective communication strategy that works for both parties to keep conversations open.
  • Follow the parenting plan - In addition to adhering to the commitment set forth in a parenting plan, determine and agree on the “non-negotiables” that you will use to parent. Refer back to this for any issues that arise. 
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