Santa Barbara Attorney Glenn L. Robertson Resolves Child Custody Matters
Certified family law specialist in California with over 20 years of experience in child custody law
Undoubtedly, the most difficult aspect of divorce is its potential effect on children. Child custody battles often bring out the worst in both parties. Glenn L. Robertson is a certified family law specialist with over 20 years of experience in handling child custody matters. Mr. Robertson can provide the answers and representation you need to achieve a positive result for you and your children.
California courts do not award custody based on the sex of the parent
Most people believe that courts favor the mother over the father when it comes to custody. However, California law considers both sexes equally in determining custody. Except in situations of abuse, courts prefer custody arrangements that allow both parents to be involved with their children. Whether you are the mother or the father, family law attorney Glenn L. Robertson advocates for your custodial rights.
Educate yourself about the law so you can help your attorney with your case
There are two types of custody: physical and legal. Physical custody is the right to have the child living with you. Legal custody means having the right to make major decisions about the child. Joint physical custody means that both parents have equal right to contact and living arrangements with the child. Joint legal custody means both parents equally share in the decision-making regarding the child.
In a sole custody battle, the court considers the best interests of the child.
Sometimes both parents want sole custody of the child. If the parents cannot agree upon custody, the court requires the couple to attend mediation. The goal of child custody mediation is to resolve child custody disputes outside of court. However, if mediation fails, the court decides custody for them. The court uses a number of factors in family law cases to determine who gets custody:
- Which parent is more likely to grant the other frequent contact with the child?
- Is there drug or alcohol abuse?
- If the child is over 12 years in age, what is the child's preference?
- Is there evidence of domestic violence?
In the end, the court will base its decision upon the arrangement that is in the child's best interests.
People often assume that child support and child custody are interdependent, but they are separate obligations. For example, a person must make child support payments even if the court limits visitation rights. Attorney Glenn L. Robertson zealously represents his clients in obtaining favorable custody and child support orders.
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Contact Glenn L. Robertson for help with your child custody case. Please contact him online or call his Santa Barbara office at 805-963-3535 to schedule a free initial consultation.