Orange County Child Custody Attorney
Deciding in the Best Interests of Your Children
One of the most contested issues is child custody. Where will the children live and with whom? It is very important that this decision is made in the best interests of the child; however, in some cases, it is still difficult to make a decision. Many divorces end up going to court to have a judge decide where the children will live because they simply cannot come to an accord on the subject. If you need effective litigation skills when you are going through a divorce that involves children, you can turn to The Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman. The Orange County divorce lawyers on Mr. Bridgman's team are fully dedicated to providing each client with the service and attention they need and deserve.
Reasons to Hire a Child Custody Lawyer
The Discovery Process
Most child custody cases will begin with a deep inquiry into the details of you and your spouse's personal lives. It's the judge's job to decide who is best fit for custody of the child and what the appropriate visitation schedule should be, if joint custody is not awarded. This is known as the discovery process, and a child custody lawyer will help you present all of the information that the judge may ask for without revealing more than is necessary.
Presenting You as a Positive Parent
Child custody can be an extremely touchy subject. If things don't transpire in the courtroom the way you expected them to, it's important to maintain your composure. The goal is to be viewed by the judge as a positive parent. You will be judged by your past behaviors as well as how you present yourself in court. Our team has seen a full spectrum of unfavorable child custody scenarios, and they will advise you against doing or saying something that may be harmful to your case.
Anticipating the Court's Dynamics
When you work with a local divorce attorney, they may be familiar with the judge, the opposing attorney and the custody evaluator, and will coach you on the best ways to present your side of the case. If your spouse's attorney is known to be aggressive, your lawyer will prepare you for the barrage of questions they may present in court. When it comes to child custody disputes, you should not step foot in court without competent legal counsel by your side.
Don't Face Your Custody Battle Alone
When deciding on custody, all courts in California will consider the child's best interests first. Some custody arrangements will involve sharing time equally at both parents' homes, while some will involve spending more time with one parent. Even if your case does not go to court, your Orange County divorce lawyer will advocate for your children's rights throughout the negotiations leading up to your divorce settlement. We feel very strongly that your children deserve the best possible future.
Contact The Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman if you are dealing with a complex custody issue in your California divorce. We will evaluate your case for free!