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Child Custody

Dedicated Child Custody Lawyers Serving Los Angeles County, California

Nothing is stronger than the bond that forms between parent and child, and when you are going through a divorce, the importance of maintaining this bond increases. Divorces are extremely emotionally taxing on children, and the change in lifestyle and living situation can cause physical, psychological, and emotional issues for the children. As such, your main goal should be to provide a loving and supportive household for your children. Contested issues regarding child custody that can only be resolved in court create tension for your child and prolong the painful process of divorce for your child.

A skilled and experienced child custody lawyer can assist you with swiftly negotiating a child custody agreement or pursuing custody in court. Kourosh Pourmorady understands how important legal and physical custody of your child is to you. The family law attorneys at The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady will fight tirelessly to ensure that your voice is heard by the judge. You deserve someone with the heart, willpower, and dedication to fight for your parental rights in family court. Call The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady today at (866) 666-6529 for immediate assistance with your child custody issue.

Parental Rights

Under California state law, the biological parents of a child are automatically legally recognized as parents. As parents, they enjoy full parental rights. Parental rights include:

The right to make medical decisions for the child;

  • The right to make housing decisions for the child;
  • The right to decide what the child will eat or what he or she will wear;
  • The right to make schooling decisions for the child;
  • The right to spend time with the child; and
  • The right to provide for and support the child.

Some parents sadly do not deserve full parental rights. In some limited circumstances, one parent can petition to have the parental rights of the other parent revoked. The court is hesitant to permit this unless there is a replacement parent interested in receiving legal parental rights. For example, if the biological father is an absentee parent but the step-father is interested in adopting the children, the court will considering vesting all legal parental rights in the step-father. Only two parents are given parental rights.

Some reasons for revoking parental rights include:

The parent abused the child or other parent;

  • The parent has never met the child and has no interest in playing the role of parent;
  • The parent has not been in contact with the child or other parent for several months;
  • The parent refuses to pay child support;
  • The parent is incarcerated; and
  • The parent has a drug and/or alcohol problem that they are unwilling to or incapable of, addressing.

Custody Versus Visitation

Custody and visitation are sometimes used interchangeably. However, they refer to two completely separate concepts. Custody refers to legal and physical custody. Legal custody is the right to make important legal decisions on behalf of the child, such as medical and religion based decisions. Physical custody is physical possession of the child. Parents can share joint legal and physical custody or a combination of the two. In addition, one parent can be awarded sole legal and physical custody. If a parent has legal custody but not physical custody, the children live with the other parent full-time. However, the parent still has the right to have a voice in all legal decisions involving the children.

Visitation refers to the ability to temporarily see or visit with the children when the other parent has been afforded sole custody. Courts usually only award sole custody when there is a valid reason. Courts are even more hesitant to completely bar one parent from seeing the children. Thus, when the court does award sole custody, it will often permit visitation. Visitation comes in three formats: overnight, unsupervised, and supervised. Overnight visitation allows the non-custodial parent to take the children overnight for private visitation. Unsupervised visitation occurs when the custodial parent accompanies the non-custodial parent and children on an outing so that the non-custodial parent can see and spend time with the children. Supervised visitation occurs under the watchful eye of the court system or sheriff’s office, such as in a special monitored playroom at the courthouse.

Seek Legal Help Today to Address Your Child Custody Issues

If you are struggling with child custody issues with your ex-spouse, you need a reputable and aggressive family law attorney on your side. Our attorneys at The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady have a proven track record of obtaining favorable results in child custody cases. We can assist you with negotiating with your ex-spouse, presenting arguments to the judge, and drafting child custody and visitation agreements. To discuss your child custody case, call The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady at (866) 666-6529.