Child Custody & Visitation Lawyer
Protecting Rancho Cucamonga Families Since 1977
If you are facing a child custody dispute in Rancho Cucamonga, we strongly
encourage you to retain our legal representation immediately. At The Law
Office of Beverly W. Quinn, we understand that children are shaped by
the environment in which they are raised. Our mission is to ensure that
your children are raised in a home where they feel safe, comfortable,
and can thrive.
With our extensive experience, we know that there are a wide variety of
matters that may have arisen during your divorce case, not the least of
which is the legal complexity of child custody. Due to the serious and
complex nature of this issue, we urge you to navigate through the legal
system with our assistance.
Our lead attorney is a certified family law specialist with 47 years of
legal experience in the field. Board certified specialists are lawyers
and advocates who are recognized by peers and the California bar as legal
experts in their area of study. As such, we know how to uphold your rights
and protect the future of your family. We utilize our resources to secure
a brighter future for your family.
If you’re looking for an ally in your child custody case, turn to
one of the most experienced trial attorneys in the Inland Empire. Call
(909) 922-2028 for a
free legal consultation today.
In the sections below, we’ve provided answers to parents’ most
common questions regarding child support. We hope that by answering your
questions, you can enter the divorce process with more clarity and peace of mind.
How Does the Court Decide Who Gets Custody?
California courts are guided by a single question when it comes to child
custody: what is in the best interests of the child? If you believe that
you are the best candidate to have primary custody over your child, then
your lawyer will have to prove that you meet a certain number of criteria.
The following factors are the primary evidences that the judge will use
to decide your case:
- The child's preference
- The lifestyle of each parent
- The financial status of each parent
- The mental and physical condition of each parent
- How well either parent can provide for the child
- The relationship between the child and each parent
- The parent's history with domestic violence, drug abuse, and/ or alcohol abuse
- The parent whose lifestyle will disrupt the child's current state of
living the least
Some of these factors will weigh more heavily than others. The court will
look for the solution that meets the most of a child’s physical,
financial, emotional, and social needs. For example, if a parent is unable
to provide rides for a child to get to school or participate in extracurricular
activities, it may affect custody alongside quanitifiable factors such
The Types of Child Custody
Unlike other states, California courts do not prefer joint custody over
sole custody. That means when you bring your case before a California
family law judge, there is a higher likelihood that your parenting plan
will put the lion’s share of custody rights and legal authority
in the hands of an individual parent. Our firm works to ensure that your
custody plan meets your family's needs.
The four forms of child custody are:
- Sole legal custody
- Sole physical custody
- Joint physical custody
- Joint legal custody
Legal Custody vs. Physical Custody
Legal custody is the right to truly “parent” your child, to
make decisions with long-lasting ramifications for your child. This includes
decisions involving medical care, moving to a new home a significant distance
away, changing schools, religious upbringing, or other decision that significantly
affect your child’s life. Having joint legal custody will mean having
to consult your parenting decisions with your ex-spouse, regardless of
with whom your child spends most of his or her time.
Physical custody is also known as “residency,” or the home
that your child lives. Physical custody will determine the culture and
environment your child spends their time. It will also determine their
schooling, community, friendships, and other major parts of their social
and emotional life. Joint physical custody is not simply a halfway arrangement
between parents, but it does mean that your child spends significant amounts
of time living with both parents.
Child Custody Modifications
Whether you have joint custody and need to make a major life decision that
affects your child, or your spouse has primary custody and you want to
sue for increased visitation rights, the court makes it possible to modify
your child custody agreement. However, to do so requires significant changes
in circumstances that affect your child's life, environment, or living
Courts will often agree to a modification hearing under the following circumstances:
- Moving of one parent (either further away or closer)
- Change in employment or work schedule
- Sudden change in health for one parent
- A parent is abusing drugs or alcohol
- A parent is engaging in criminal activity
- A child has experienced parental abuse
Whatever modification you bring before the court has to meet three criteria:
it has to be a change of circumstances; the change must make the current
agreement untenable; and the change must be in the child’s best
interests. Having a skilled attorney who is an advocate for you and your
child’s rights will allow you to present a strong case for child
To speak with a Rancho Cucamonga family lawyer today for a
free legal consultation, call (909) 922-2028.
Choose Attorneys with 48+ Years Experience
When it comes to the resolution of your case, you can be confident that
The Law Office of Beverly W. Quinn will tirelessly fight for the optimum
outcome. Allowing a judge to decide who gets custody of your child is
a lengthy and terrifying risk to take. Securing our assistance may allow
you to resolve a wide array of issues outside of the courtroom. Taking
this step will allow you to save time you would have spent in court and
could result in a better relationship between you and your ex-partner.
When you choose to work with our firm, we will inform you of your rights
and legal options, creating a plan to benefit your family today and for
years in the future. Our work is designed not only to resolve disputes
today, but prevent and resolve them for years to come. We understand that
you are facing many questions and concerns about your future and the future
of your family. Our seasoned legal professionals will address each of
your concerns and answer all of your questions.
Contact Our Rancho Cucamonga Attorneys Today
At our firm, we prioritize the best interests of your child. With our extensive
experience and knowledge regarding family law, we know how to help you
gain custody of your children. We can help you obtain the visitation rights
that best suit your lives.
Contact The Law Office of Beverly W. Quinn for personalized legal solutions and supportive assistance. We are proud
to offer each prospective client a
free case evaluation. Schedule your appointment today at (909) 922-2028!