Experienced Child Access Attorneys Handling Custody Orders, Emergencies And Move-Aways

Child custody is often one of the most disputed topics in any divorce. Child custody involves legal and physical custody — and there is a significant difference between the two.

In California, the court may grant one or both parties custody. If you and your former spouse or partner cannot agree on custody and you need to involve the court to make a decision, in Contra Costa and Alameda counties you will be required to attend counseling with Family Court Services.

Are you unable to reach an agreement with a former spouse or partner over matters like child custody and visitation arrangements or an emergency parental relocation to another state?

We will work hard to make your difficult family law issues easier to deal with. We are the experienced divorce attorneys of Whipple, Mercado & Associates, LLP, in San Ramon.

Skilled Attorneys Who Can Handle Your Custody Orders And Move-Aways

One of the most contentious situations is when one party wants to move with the child or children to another location, negatively affecting the other party's custodial time and parental rights. This is a classic example of what is referred to as a "move-away" case.

Whether you are the moving parent or the stay-behind parent, there are myriad issues to address when the custodial parent wishes to relocate. Whatever the reason, if both parties do not agree to the move, the grieved party must seek the court's intervention to resolve the dispute.

Factors the court considers in move-away cases include the reason for the move, the effect it will have on the current visitation schedule and the effect it will have on the noncustodial parent's relationship with the children. It is the burden of the moving parent to prove to the court that the move is in the best interest of the children.

We provide versatile, quality legal services that can assist you in achieving your desired result. Depending on your goals and your flexibility in achieving them, we can pursue a positive outcome via constructive mediation, skillful negotiation with opposing counsel and aggressive litigation if necessary.

Our concerned, compassionate family lawyers can provide the help you need when you need it most. Contact us today to secure a free initial consultation. Call Whipple, Mercado & Associates, LLP, at 925-529-1868 locally or 800-708-3761 toll free. We respond promptly to all email messages and phone calls.