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Child Custody Attorney in Santa Clarita

Protecting Your Child’s Best Interests

One of the most emotional family law issues is the matter of child custody. When two parents separate, divorce, or are never married, child custody is awarded by the state. California recognizes both joint and sole custody with the assumption that both parents begin with equal rights. In every instance, the state will always take into account what it deems to be the “best interests of the child.”

If you are seeking child custody, whether joint legal custody, sole physical custody, or some combination thereof, we can help. At the Law Offices of Mario Valencia, we are committed to providing our clients with the personalized legal guidance they need. Our Santa Clarita-based child custody attorney can help you clearly understand your options and work toward a favorable outcome that’s tailored to your unique goals.

Schedule your initial consultation with Santa Clarita family law firm today—call (661) 338-6455 or fill out a contact form to get started.

How Is Child Custody Decided in California?

As mentioned above, the primary factor in how the court determines child custody in California is the best interests of the child. In other words, the court will award custody based on what it deems to be the most beneficial for the child.

When determining what is in the child’s best interests, the court typically considers several factors:

  • The established relationship between the child and either parent
  • The age, health, and emotional stability of the child
  • The proximity of either parent to the child’s school, if applicable
  • The ability of each parent to adequately care for the child
  • Whether there is a history of domestic violence or abuse
  • The wishes of the child, if appropriate

Contrary to common misconception, child custody is not automatically awarded to a mother or a father for any one reason. Instead, the court takes into account a variety of factors, including those listed above and others, when deciding what is in the child’s best interests.

Put an Experienced Family Law Attorney on Your Side

Because child custody is awarded by an impartial court (with some exceptions, for instance, if you and the other parent of your child choose mediation, you may be able to avoid an objective court ruling), it is important that you seek the assistance of a skilled child custody lawyer in Santa Clarita. Attorney Mario Valencia can act as your advocate throughout the child custody process. Our firm has helped mothers and fathers obtain legal and physical custody of their children, even in extremely complicated and emotionally fraught cases. We take the time to listen to your story, understand your goals, and devise a tailored plan of legal action.

Contact us online or by phone at (661) 338-6455 to learn more about how we can help you with your child custody case.

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