Child Custody and Visitation

When parents decide to separate they also have to decide if they'll share custody of their minor children, who will make decisions for their children, and how much time each parent may spend with the children. Generally, if parents agree on a plan, the court will approve it. If parents are unable to agree, a court has to decide for them. The judge will consider your children's needs and other relevant aspects of your situation, and make a custody order that is in the best interest of each child.

In California there are two types of custody orders: legal custody and physical custody. If you have legal custody of your children, you have retained the ability to make important decisions about your children's lives, like their health care or education. If you have physical custody of your children, your children will continue to live with you and the other parent might be granted the right to visit. You may have sole legal custody or sole physical custody of your children, you may have one without the other, or you may share joint legal custody or joint physical custody of your children with their other parent.

A visitation order determines how parents will spend time with their children. A parent without custody will usually retain the right to visitation with their children, except in very rare circumstances. The amount and type of visitation will vary based on your situation.

In determining custody and visitation, the court makes the best interests of the children involved their primary concern. The court will take into account the ages and health of the children, the emotional ties between the children and their parents, the ability of each parent to care for the children, histories of family violence or substance abuse, and the ties of the children to their families, schools, and communities.

Custody and visitation are often contentious and emotional issues. We know that the welfare of your children is your first priority. With compassion and sensitivity, we will help you create the best possible custody arrangement. Please call today to schedule an initial consultation.

Child Support

If you are going through a divorce, and you and your partner have a child together, one of the issues that needs to be addressed is one of child support.
Both parents are expected to contribute financially to the welfare of the children, but depending on income levels, lifestyle, parental time and more, one parent may be expected to pay a sum each month to the other parent in order to make sure that the child has a safe and satisfactory standard of living.

The child support system can be complex, and at times unfair without the right representation. Child support is always likely in cases where there are discrepancies in time spent with each parent or income. But it is still meant to be fair to both parties.

Those that are fighting to improve the welfare of their child benefit from working with a Los Angeles divorce attorney that has taken on hundreds of child support cases, and is willing to help you pursue the amount that is fair to the child. We’ll help the court determine the right amount for the child’s well-being, and make sure that the other parent is expected to pay the responsible amount.

If you feel as though you or your former spouse’s income is not being adequately represented, or you may be paying more than your income should, or there are difficulties with the payments due to the nature of your work, our team can assist you in fighting for a fairer settlement.

Whether you are expected to receive or pay child support, or you are looking to ratify a child support system already in place, contact a Los Angeles divorce lawyer with over 20 years of experience working with child support and similar cases by calling today at 310-948-6461 or 818-763-5274.

Our team at the Zitser Family Law Group are experienced, attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable of California state law, and ready to work for you and your interests.

Move-Away Cases

Often, one or both of the parties in a divorce will want to move, either for financial reasons or to get a fresh start. When children are involved, the ability to move becomes difficult. Until recently, the primary custodial parent was often allowed to move without considering the other parent's ability to access the children. Now, a new court decision often allows the noncustodial parent to stop such a move. The court will look at whether the move is in the best interest of the child, based on factors such as the ages of the children, the distance of the move, relationships with both parents, child's preference, and the reasons for the move. Being on either end of a move-away case is very difficult, and we understand the importance of putting your children's needs first. Our law firm will help you advocate for what is right for your children and yourself.