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Newport Beach Child Custody Lawyers

How to Get Custody or Child Visitation in Newport Beach

Because of the complexity and emotional difficulty of custody and visitation issues, it is highly recommended that you retain the services of a trusted and experienced Newport Beach child visitation lawyer.

At Bremer Whyte Brown & O’Meara, you will find compassionate, seasoned child custody attorneys in Newport Beach who can provide thoughtful, creative, and tactful legal solutions for your case. We are competent negotiators and experienced trial lawyers with the ability to protect your legal rights as a parent and help ensure that your child’s best interests are served when it comes to custody or visitation.

Need custody or visitation rights? Consult a Newport Beach child custody lawyer! Call (949) 229-8546 or fill out our online form today.

California Child Custody Laws

Custody and child visitation rights can cause tremendous upheaval in the lives of divorcing parents and their children. The opposing parties may become very combative and require the courts to make a ruling based on the individual needs of the children. Courts will always seek to determine what is in the best interests of the child and California courts lean toward joint custody where possible so that the child will have a continuing relationship with both parents.

If you and your spouse cannot agree on a parenting arrangement or visitation rights, then the courts will make that decision for you.

Types of Custody in Newport Beach

California's laws on child custody typically entail these types of custody arrangements: joint physical and legal custody, sole legal custody, and sole physical custody.

  • Legal Custody – Who makes legal decisions for the child
  • Physical Custody – Where and with whom the child mainly lives

Courts will typically consider the following when determining custody and visitation, focusing on the best interest of the child:

  • The child’s age
  • The child’s health
  • The established emotional bonds between the child and the parents
  • The financial, emotional, and physical ability of either parent to care for the child
  • Any history of domestic abuse or drug abuse on the part of a parent
  • The child’s connections to his or her home, school, and neighborhood

Courts cannot lean toward custody for one parent or the other based on their sex. Visitation rights are generally granted to non-custodial parents based on the unique circumstances of each case, unless such visits are deemed unsafe for the child by the court.

What Makes a Parent "Unfit" for Custody?

In order to get custody in California, a parent must be considered "fit" by the court. In Newport Beach child custody cases, an "unfit parent" can be a mother or father who:

  • Abuses the child
  • Neglects the child
  • Has abandoned or deserted the child
  • Has a substance abuse problem (alcohol and/or drugs)
  • Is physically, mentally, and/or financially incapable of caring for the child
  • Has not demonstrated adequate interest, care, or responsibility for the child's well-being

Talk to a Child Custody Lawyer in Newport Beach Today

Whether your case involves the establishment of visitation rights, temporary custody pending divorce, a request to modify physical custody, or a post-divorce parenting plan, Bremer Whyte Brown & O’Meara can help.

Our Newport Beach child custody attorneys have an established track record of resolving difficult family law matters. With the legal acumen and resources of our child custody lawyers, you will have the peace of mind and support you need during this critical juncture.

Talk to a Newport Beach child custody lawyer about your case. Call our office at (949) 229-8546 today.

Why Hire Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara, LLP?

  • Experience with Complex, High-Value Cases

  • Highly Awarded by Prestigious Associations

  • Thoughtful, Competent Representation

  • Four Certified Family Law Specialists

  • Experienced Trial Attorneys

  • 70+ Years of Combined Experience