Helping Parents Maintain Relationships With Their Children

Although there has been a recent trend in California toward awarding divorcing parents joint custody of their children, courts still determine custody based upon the "best interests of the child" standard. In most families, both parents want what is in the best interests of their child, but a definition of those best interests may differ from one parent to the other.

At the Law Offices of Victoria S. Linder, PC, we understand that child custody issues are often the most emotional part of a divorce. We help clients in Sacramento and surrounding communities throughout Central Valley and Northern California to create custody agreements and parenting schedules that provide parents and children with a sense of security and peace.

Contact us to discuss your child custody and parenting plan options with an experienced Sacramento child custody attorney.

Talk To An Attorney Before Agreeing To Anything

Many people do not know that a temporary child custody arrangement between you and your spouse may have a significant impact on the custody decision that the court will make in your final divorce decree.

In determining the best interests of a child, courts are concerned about maintaining continuity and stability in the child's life. Therefore, if a couple separates and the parents agree to a temporary 50-50 custody split while the divorce is pending, the court will be reluctant to alter this arrangement when it comes time to award permanent custody.

If you are considering divorce or legal separation, it is important to speak with a knowledgeable child custody lawyer about your rights before moving out of the marital home or agreeing to any type of temporary custody arrangement.

Best Interests Of The Child

Courts consider numerous factors in determining the best interests of the child, including:

  • The status quo custody arrangement
  • The primary caretaker for the child
  • Whether one parent is more willing to help the child to maintain a relationship with the other parent
  • The location of both parents
  • The child's preference (if old enough to express one)
  • The location of the child's school and friends
  • The child's living environment with each parent
  • The level of care that each parent is able to give to the child
  • Parental fitness, including issues of substance abuse or domestic violence

Contact Victoria S. Linder, PC, · Sacramento County Visitation Rights Attorney

We represent clients in all types of child custody cases, including those involving litigation, child support or modification of existing court orders. Learn more about what we can do for you and your child. Call our office at 916-905-4805 or contact us by email to arrange a consultation. For your convenience, we offer a variety of representation options.