Inland Empire Child Custody & Visitation Attorneys
Bristol, Haynes & Associates Are Southern California Lawyers Who Help Draft or Modify Child Custody and Visitation Orders.
There's no question that child support and visitation orders are among the most hotly contested topics in divorce proceedings. Our firm understands that these orders are often unsatisfactory to one or both parties. Bristol & Haynes, A Professional Law Corporation has the knowledge and resources in the community to provide you with passionate and tenacious representation in issues pertaining to child custody or visitation orders. Whether you feel that a modification of those orders is needed, or a parent is violating the terms of those orders, we can help.
What are the types of child custody?
Custody can be settled either by court order or in a legally binding settlement agreement. There are two types of child custody offered in California. Sole custody means that a single parent has full custody of a child/children, while joint custody means that both parents share custody. It is important to note that there are also two forms of child custody in California:
A form of custody referring to the right to make significant and life-altering decisions for the child. These decisions might include choices about religious upbringing, schooling and health care.
A form of custody referring to where the child will physically reside.
Parents may have sole or joint legal or physical custody. In other words, it is possible for parents to have joint physical custody, in which the child spends time at both parents’ domiciles, and one parent to have sole legal custody. As you can see, there are several possible combinations of custody situations. If a parent has sole physical custody of a child/children, a court may grant visitation rights to the other parent.
Is it possible to modify child custody and visitation orders?
Yes, it is possible to modify child custody and visitation orders before or after a judgment is entered. In order to do so, a parent must file Request for Order with the court. If the request is made after a judgment is entered, the parent must demonstrate to the court that significant changes in either parent’s circumstances must have occurred. Some common examples of these changes include:
- The non-custodial parent has experienced a change in their work schedule
- A parent has become demonstrably irresponsible in their parental duties
- The non-custodial parent has experienced a significant financial change
The court may approve the modification of child custody and visitation orders if there truly is a significant change in the circumstances and the change is clearly in the child’s best interest. Bristol, Haynes & Associates has initiated and defended numerous custody & visitation modifications. We have the experience to help you in a very stressful time, and we know the potential strategies from all angles.
Our office has conveniently flexible hours to better serve the residents of Ontario, Upland, Claremont, Rancho Cucamonga and the Inland Empire. We offer affordable flat-fee payment options for our clients and we regularly return calls even after hours. Email or call us today at (909) 466-5575 to discuss your concerns today.