Child Custody And Visitation: Protecting Your Child And Your Relationship
The decision to end a marriage very quickly centers on the children. Where will they live? How will you share parenting duties? How do you make this work, especially if you are barely on speaking terms with each other? At Donald R. Anderson, A Law Corporation, we guide clients to practical solutions that preserve the bonds and keep the peace. But we understand that sometimes there is no choice but to take your child custody dispute to court. Our lawyer offers realistic advice and creative solutions but fierce courtroom advocacy when you need it.
We represent both mothers and fathers in initial determination of custody, including temporary orders for custody and support, and in post-divorce matters involving your kids. Based in Redding, our firm serves Shasta, Tehama, Trinity, Siskiyou and surrounding counties. Contact us online or call 888-843-1725 today to arrange a consultation.
Experienced Legal Counsel For All Child Custody Matters
Attorney Donald R. Anderson has practiced in divorce and family law in Northern California for 30-plus years. He is familiar with the tendencies of local judges in awarding custody, and he has extensive experience in custody negotiations and litigation. He is the knowledgeable advocate you need for any scenario, including:
- Initial determination of primary custody and visitation
- Shared parenting agreements
- Petitions for sole custody
- Parental relocation
- Custody modifications
- Enforcement of visitation rights
- Child support calculations and deviation
- Modification or enforcement of child support
Custom Solutions For Difficult Situations
You, the co-parent and the judge may all have different views on what is in the best interests of your child. In the emotions and upheaval of divorce, it is easy to get caught up in a tug-of-war over your child and easy to forget that you will remain co-parents for years to come.
The courts assume equal input and continuing contact with both parents — some form of shared parenting. A voluntary agreement between parents is always superior to a solution imposed by a judge at trial. Mr. Anderson keeps the focus on fruitful negotiations to work out the details of a parenting plan you both can live with.
Parent Move-Away and Other Custody Disputes
It is common in Northern California divorces that one spouse moves out of the area to go where the jobs are, or to live near family. This often sets up a confrontation over relocation of the children. We can step in on behalf of either parent to obtain a move-away order or to prevent it. The burden is on the parent who is moving to prove that the child will be well served. If the court consents, the parenting agreement must be renegotiated to ensure that the noncustodial parent has regular communication with the child and extra visitation during breaks and holidays. We will fight for your child or help you make the best of a long-distance relationship.
Custody Modifications, Parental Rights And Adoption
It is often necessary to revisit child custody, visitation and child support months or years after divorce. If there has been a substantial change in circumstances, we can engage in negotiation of a new parenting plan or contested hearings to alter the original court orders.
Our firm also handles paternity actions for child support or visitation rights, stepparent and private adoptions, and petitions by grandparents and other family members for guardianship of a child who has been abandoned, neglected or abused.