Custody and Visitation

Ending a marriage or domestic partnership is by itself a tumultuous experience, but adding children into the mix makes the situation even more challenging. Yet, how to effectively share custody, in the best interests of the child, can be a very difficult problem to solve — especially if the child’s parents have difficulty communicating. And of course there are some cases where shared custody is not in the child’s best interest.

Co-Parenting Arrangements
It is California’s public policy that, as a general rule, a child should have “frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the parents have separated or dissolved their marriage, or ended their relationship, and to encourage parents to share the rights and responsibilities of child rearing in order to effect this policy, except where the contact would not be in the best interest of the child….” (California Family Code section 3020(b).) In practice, this means that California has a preference for joint custody.

At BPR Law Group, the goal when handling custody disputes is to work towards a co-parenting arrangement that puts the child’s best interest at the forefront, while also minimizing the likelihood of future disputes. Yet, there are some situations, such as those involving domestic violence or abuse, that do not allow for co-parenting arrangements. In these cases, BPR Law Group often employs outside experts such as therapists, child development professionals, or professional custody evaluators to advocate for sole legal and physical custody to one parent, and to assure that a client gets the best advice and support possible.