Keeping An Eye On Protecting The Family

Disrupting the family unit is one of the unfortunate results of a divorce. Dividing property and assets is one thing, but dividing time with the children can bring even more emotions to the surface. Primary custody, child support enforcement and child custody modification can be the most divisive issues to deal with.

At The Pedrick Law Group, APC. in Encino, California, minimizing damage to the family is a constant concern to me. Too many divorcing couples forget that the process is just as difficult for the children. I am a lawyer who knows California child custody law, and I can help you.

In addition to handling initial custody matters and move-aways, I also help parents seek modifications to existing orders. Call 818-528-4936 or 661-591-4132 to schedule a consultation to discuss the legal services you may require.

Child Custody

  • I can help secure both temporary and permanent custody.
  • In California, the courts look to the best interests of the child in determining child custody. The law favors the mother, but she should not assume that she will have a fair share of visitation or support. Unless cause can be show, neither parent should expect to be able to dictate decisions about the child.
  • California courts will generally try to split joint legal custody between parents.
  • A child custody order can be modified when there is a change of circumstances and custody needs to be revisited.

Parental Relocation Attorney | Representing Clients In The San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley And Ventura County

Even the most amicable of child custody arrangements can be upended when one parent wants to move away with the children and the other parent objects. Parents who have otherwise agreed on what's best for their children can easily find themselves bitterly disagreeing over their children's well-being, as well as their own parental rights.

Whether a parent will be allowed to move outside of a particular city or county, Southern California, or even the state, is partly determined by whether parents share custody, or if one parent has been awarded sole or "primary" physical custody.

Courts in the state consider many factors in deciding move-away cases. They are:

  • The children's interest in stability and continuity in the present custodial arrangement
  • The distance of the move
  • The children's ages
  • The children's relationship with both parents
  • The relationship between the parents, including but not limited to their ability to communicate and cooperate effectively, and their willingness to put the children's interests above their individual interests
  • The children's wishes, if they are mature enough to make inquiry appropriate
  • The reasons for the proposed move
  • The extent to which the parents currently share custody
  • Continuity of attention, nurturing and care
  • Children's health, safety and welfare
  • Any history of domestic violence

Arrange A Consultation

My practice is focused on family law issues, so I know child custody and move-away issues. Contact me at my office in Encino, California. My office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday; evenings and weekends by appointment. I also take appointments in Santa Clarita upon request. Flexible payment options are available.