Child Custody and Visitation

Menlo Park Child Custody Lawyers

At Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP, we assist clients with child custody issues during the divorce process. Child custody cases can be difficult to resolve because both parents are concerned about the well-being of their children. Parents may also have different views on what is in their children’s best interests.

Child custody arrangements should allow children to have significant contact with both parents in order to ensure the children’s emotional
well-being after divorce.

How Is Child Custody Determined?

When parents cannot agree on child custody, the matter must be decided by a family law judge. In all matters, family law judges will determine what is in the child's best interests. A family law judge will closely examine all the information available in order to protect the child's well-being. For example, if a parent has a history of violent behavior or drug or alcohol addiction, determining custody and visitation rights can be complicated. A judge can award a parent sole custody or decide joint custody is best for the child. If the child is old enough, his or her preference may be taken into consideration by the judge, mediators or evaluators who are appointed to review the case.

Visitation Rights for the Non-Custodial Parent

Parents who are not awarded physical custody can petition for visitation rights to ensure the emotional bond with their children does not diminish after divorce. Visitation rights may be granted to individuals with drug or criminal history, under supervision or other restrictions. At Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP, our legal team provides men and women throughout Menlo Park and San Ramon with unparalleled representation.

Relocation Cases in the Bay Area

When one parent wants to relocate far enough away that it makes it difficult to share parenting or allow children to spend time in both homes while still attending the same school, it is referred to as a relocation case, formerly a “move-away.”

These cases can be very contentious and traumatic for all involved, especially the children who are caught in the middle of their warring parents.

These cases are quite difficult to settle because creative solutions to relocation cases cannot always be found. However, experienced family law attorneys with a lot of expertise in custody cases, such as the family law attorneys at Flicker, Kerin, Kruger and Bissada LLP have the right level of experience, creativity, and compassion to assist. If a settlement is possible, we can design and draft terms with the client’s participation. If settlement cannot be reached, the attorneys can litigate the case with all the resources available.

The case will likely need a mental health professional who serves as a custody evaluator to be appointed to conduct a full custody evaluation in order to present a report to the Court that will outline what is in the best interests of the children. There may also likely be additional experts involved in the case due to the nature of these high-conflict custody cases.

No matter what the path, our experienced and pragmatic attorneys can assist in reaching the best possible result, as well as guiding the client in understanding all issues involved in this intricate area of litigation.

Awards

Over the years, Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP has cultivated a reputation for excellence in the legal field. With a focus on complex and high-asset cases, we provide innovative legal strategies for our clients - always placing their best interests at the forefront of each legal matter. In addition to the gratitude of our clients and the respect of our legal peers, our firm has garnered the attention of many prestigious legal organizations.