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The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended to serve as legal advice. You should not act or fail to act based on the information on this website. This website contains general information only, and may not reflect recent changes to the law. All cases differ – please contact an attorney in your area to get legal advice as it pertains to your case. Attorney Joseph Battle Carnohan is licensed to practice law in the State of California.

Vista Child Custody Lawyer Joseph Carnohan

Child Custody disputes are one of the most heart wrenching matters that couples are forced to endure when the parents decide to permanently separate or divorce. However, once a relationship has deteriorated beyond repair and the parties share children, there are numerous matters that must be resolved regarding the kids.

Vista Child Custody Attorney Joseph B. Carnohan has been successfully representing clients for more than 30 years throughout North San Diego County.

Please contact Mr. Carnohan by calling (760) 722-8200. We will set up an appointment for your free, comprehensive consultation with one of the region’s leading Family Law Attorneys and Child Custody Lawyers.

Devoted to offering caring, personalized legal counsel and representation, we work closely with our clients to guide them through Child Custody cases that are frequently frightening and confusing. Parents are typically worried about the impact of divorce or separation on their children. Vista Child Custody Attorney Joseph Carnohan works zealously to resolve these disputes effectively and efficiently.

Call today to learn how the Law Offices of Vista Child Custody Lawyer Joseph B. Carnohan can help you through this stressful and difficult process.

Experienced Vista Child Custody Attorney Joe Carnohan

California Law recognizes numerous types of custody. At the Law Offices of Joseph Battle Carnohan, we represent clients in all child custody cases, including the following:

Sole Legal Custody – This bestows upon one parent the right to make all decisions with respect to the education, health and well-being of the child. Sole Legal Custody is generally granted when one parent is deemed to be unfit or unwilling to make decisions for the child.

Joint Legal Custody – Both parents are granted the right to make decisions that affect the child’s well-being, including their health care and education. Joint Legal Custody is typically awarded when the parents are capable of making decisions together in the best interests of the child.

Sole Physical Custody – Under Sole Physical Custody, also called “Primary Physical Custody,” the children live with the primary caretaker parent, with the other parent receiving Child Visitation Rights via a Comprehensive Parenting Plan.

Joint Physical Custody – This is the terminology that is used when parents essentially share equal parenting time with the children. Although custody is shared equally, Child Support may still be ordered by the court.

Under specific circumstances, visitation may be strictly decreased or the court may order supervised visitation where the actions of one parent are such that they pose a risk of harm to the child. This may be modified at a later date when the non-custodial parent’s circumstances change and the court determines that the child is safe being alone with the restricted parent.

Custody Determination in Vista

If the parents are unable to reach an agreement via Mediation or Settlement Negotiations, the decision will be left to the court to determine what is in the best interests of the children. Numerous factors are taken into account by the court during Child Custody Litigation. These include the relationship that the child presently has with each parent, and each parent’s right to maintain continuous, meaningful and ongoing contact with the child.

Only extraordinary circumstances will lead the court to restrict access to the child. For example, if one parent has a history of domestic violence against the other parent, has physically or emotionally abused the child, or has been convicted of committing a sex crime.

Even in situations where one parent’s contact with their child is highly restricted, the court may issue an order providing for Joint Legal Custody, as California Law favors both parents having decision making rights regarding their children.

Additionally, in the State of California the judge may take into account the wishes of the child if they demonstrate the maturity level required to take part in the decision making process.

If one parent has shown a propensity to alienate the child from the other parent, consistently interferes with visitation, or has made false allegations against the other parent in an attempt to sway the court, they may find themselves in a situation where the court mandates that the other parent is more suitable regarding primary physical custody.

Prior to issuing an order with respect to disputed Custody cases, each parent and child must meet with a Child Custody Recommending Counselor. The Counselor will investigate the relationship between the child and parents. After the investigation is completed, the Counselor will then prepare a report for the judge, who will generally give great weight to their findings.

Contact Vista Child Custody Lawyer Joseph Carnohan for a Free Consultation

For immediate assistance, call the Law Offices of Vista Child Custody Attorney Joseph B. Carnohan at (760) 722-8200 to speak directly to a lawyer.

Located near Vista in Carlsbad, Lawyer Joseph Carnohan is pleased to represent clients who live in North San Diego County and throughout the surrounding communities.