Child Custody Attorneys in Walnut Creek

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Child custody can be the most contentious issue between spouses going through divorce and for unmarried parents who are breaking up. That is not surprising, considering the reality that each parent’s relationship with their child may change. Through it all, though, it is important to remember that custody issues are about the children – the best interests of the children are the main concern. In fact, California courts are required by law to consider the best interests of the child in all custody and visitation matters.

At the Walnut Creek office of Kaspar & Lugay, LLP our lawyers provide a unique combination of compassionate client service and aggressive, responsive representation in child custody matters. We have a proven track record of reaching successful outcomes, both through out-of-court methods and in-court litigation. We handle custody issues in the contexts of divorce, legal separation, annulments, non-marital relationships and more.

Understanding Physical Custody and Legal Custody in California

California law distinguishes between physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody refers to where the child lives. Legal custody is the authority to make decisions about the child’s upbringing, which encompasses everything from where the child goes to school to what medical treatment the child should receive.

Here are several possible ways a court might assign child custody:

  • Sole physical and sole legal custody to one parent: The child would live with one parent while the other may get visitation. The custodial parent would also have the sole right to make decisions involving the child’s upbringing.
  • Sole physical custody for one parent, with joint legal custody: The child lives with one parent while the other may get visitation. The two parents share decision making authority.
  • Joint physical and joint legal custody: The child lives with each parent for a certain amount of days a week and both parents share decision making authority.
  • Joint physical custody with sole physical custody: Both parents share decision making authority, but the child lives with one parent while the other may get visitation.

California policy does not officially favor any particular arrangement, which gives Walnut Creek families and courts a great deal of discretion to establish parenting plans that are in the best interests of the child. As a practical matter, parents should keep in mind that, in normal family situations, the child benefits by having a strong relationship with both parents. This often leads to joint physical custody arrangements.

Joint physical custody works in many cases, but not all. For example, a parent who is abusive, neglectful or struggling with substance abuse may end up with limited parenting time or no visitation at all.

Mediation in Custody Cases

Parents who cannot agree on custody are required by California law to participate in mediation to try to resolve the issue. In Contra Costa County, mediation is confidential, and its only purpose is for parents to reach a custody agreement without resorting to appearing before a judge. The information used in mediation cannot be used as evidence in court and the mediator cannot be forced to appear in court to testify about anything said in mediation. The mediator’s only court contact is to report whether or not an agreement was reached.

If mediation is unsuccessful, then you and your lawyer will need to take it to the next step, which is usually litigation.

Full-Service Custody Representation

Our Walnut Creek lawyers have a proven record of success in virtually all types of child custody-related matters, including:

Contact a Walnut Creek Child Custody and Visitation Lawyer

Protect your parental rights by contacting the Walnut Creek law office of Kaspar & Lugay, LLP. Our attorneys have extensive experience in all aspects of California child custody law and are ready to hear from you. Reach us by calling 925-660-7627 or contact us online any time.

Walnut Creek Courthouse Location

The local courthouse is where you’ll need to go for any in-court hearings. The Walnut Creek courthouse is located at Walnut Creek Superior Court, 640 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. It is open Monday through Friday, excluding court holidays, from 8 AM to 5 PM. The clerk’s windows are open from 8 AM to 4 PM daily.

Contra Costa County Family Law Court

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3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael, CA 94903

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Local Places to See

The picturesque city of Corte Madera is home to plenty of activities and fun things to do. You’ll want to make sure you look into Corte Madera by the Bay for biking, tree swings, ice cream and more. If you’re ready for an adventure, head on the ferry to Angel Island to have a picnic, go biking, or take a hike.

You can also have a fun night out on the town at any of the amazing restaurants in the area. The weather is beautiful year-round, so it’s always a great time to set off on an amazing adventure and leave the worries of your divorce behind for a little bit.

Do not hesitate to seek legal assistance if you’re considering a divorce, need help with a divorce you’ve already filed, or if you’ve finalized the divorce and need further legal assistance. The law office of Kaspar & Lugay in Corte Madera is going to provide all of the assistance you need before, during and after your divorce. Visit the law office or give them a call today to set up a consultation and discuss your situation with a lawyer.

More About the Town of Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek Information

Located in sunny California, Walnut Creek is an amazing city with plenty to see and do. The Ruth Bancroft Garden showcases hundreds of different cacti and succulents. Lindsay Wildlife experience displaces native California wildlife and offers a wide variety of educational classes and tours to teach you about the wildlife in California.

If you’re looking for a spot to relax after dealing with the stress of family law issues, the Lesher Center for the Arts has three theaters with several entertainment choices to pick from. Check out the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society to view thousands of feet of model train tracks to see an amazing display of craftsmanship.

If you need any kind of family law assistance, the Law Office of Kaspar & Lugay in Walnut Creek can provide the help you need. They are ready to talk to you about your unique situation and help you find the answers you need. Visit the law office in person or give them a call today to set up a time to speak with a lawyer about your circumstances and the options you might have.

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Kaspar & Lugay, LLP is a family law firm with offices in Corte Madera, CA; Napa, CA; Walnut Creek, CA; and San Diego, CA. We also represent clients in San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Pismo Beach, Contra Costa County, and Los Angeles.