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Father’s Rights and Mother’s Rights – Rancho Cucamonga Family Lawyer
One of the most difficult elements of divorce is child custody, which is often not just emotionally draining, but confusing because at the end of the day, everyone just wants to give their children the best lives possible.
Child custody myths and outdated beliefs also add to the confusion, which can make it difficult to figure out what to do to make sure that although you and the other parent aren’t together anymore, you retain your rights as a parent. In these cases, it is crucial that you have a qualified father’s rights and mother’s rights lawyer in Rancho Cucamonga from the Law Office of Laurence J. Brock.
The Complications of Child Custody
Child custody involves more than just where your child is going to live. In many cases, you have to make decisions concerning the child’s schooling, whether you have joint legal or physical custody, and a number of other decisions that you and the other parent may not agree on.
Furthermore, you could face complications in situations where a parent won’t allow frequent and continuing contact for no apparent reason, or aren’t caring for the child as they should.
If you add in the possibility of neglect or abuse, your rights become even more important.
Because of the multiple complications involved in establishing father’s and mother’s rights, it isn’t usually a type of matter you should attempt to resolve on your own.
Determining the Child’s Best Interest
While it seems easy to determine what is in your child’s best interest, it will likely vary according to who you ask.
Many parents believe they are putting what is best for the child at the forefront, but it doesn’t mean that there isn’t another solution that works for everyone, including both parents.
Although California’s best interest standard applies and is intended to look out for the child, it can be a rather broad standard allowing any custody and visitation plan as long as the child remains healthy and safe.
Because California’s standard can be vague, custody decisions can be extremely difficult to appeal. It is important you have an attorney in your corner, who has experience in child custody before a decision is made that isn’t in your best interest as a parent, or the child’s.
Myths Surrounding Father’s and Mother’s Rights
One of the most widespread, and sometimes most harmful, myths surrounding father’s and mother’s rights is that mothers automatically gain all control and fathers get whatever is left. This is not just untrue but causes parents to agree to terms they don’t necessarily agree with or want. Laurence J. Brock can help you with other myths including the idea that you can cut off parenting rights because of the other parent’s gender, race, or something else you just don’t like about them. In reality, California law will not allow you to lose parenting rights based on gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Furthermore, whether you are living check to check or wealthy, one parent isn’t favored over another simply because of financial status.
Both Parents Have Rights
In California, both mother’s and father’s have rights when it comes to parenting. However, because of myths that continue to surround child custody, you might not end up with a fair agreement if you try to work it out without an attorney. Rather than make a mistake that can affect you and your children for the rest of your lives, it’s important you work with a law office that can help you. Whether you were married to the other parent or not, you typically have a right as the mother or father, to be a part of your child’s life and participate in raising him or her to the best of your ability.
Choosing a Qualified Family Law Attorney in California
Because child custody cases and cases involving mother’s and father’s rights require evaluations, research, and experience specifically in child custody, you need the support of a mother’s and father’s rights lawyer in Rancho Cucamonga.
While many aspects of divorce and separation can be resolved to a certain degree on your own, it is in your best interest and your children’s that you make sure you have an experienced family law attorney to help you through the process. Contact our office online or call for a free initial consultation at 909-466-7661