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
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.