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 as income.

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 situation.

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 custody modification.


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!