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Top Child Custody Attorney: Stephen L. Cawelti
If you are going through a divorce or splitting up, child custody is one of the most important matters to resolve. You need an aggressive child custody lawyer who is committed to protecting your parental rights.
At the Law Offices of Stephen L. Cawelti, we understand it is often a child’s best interest for the parents to come to an amicable agreement concerning visitation/child custody whenever possible. Our law firm has a high success rate of resolving even the most troublesome disputes and helping our clients arrive at fair and workable agreements. When disputes cannot be resolved through negotiation, however, we are fully prepared to aggressively advocate for our clients’ interests in court.
Child custody attorney Stephen Cawelti specializes in complex child custody cases and has helped hundreds of individuals protect their parental rights. Voted as one of the top divorce lawyers in Los Angeles by Pasadena Magazine, Stephen Cawelti is prepared to give your case the attention it deserves.
Our office services Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Los Feliz & the greater Los Angeles area. We would be honored to represent and protect your family.
The Child Custody Process
The first step when going through a divorce or break-up with children is to create a child custody and visitation schedule. This schedule must be signed by a judge to be legally enforceable. If parents can come to an amicable agreement, they can submit that schedule to the judge without a court hearing. Nine times out of ten, these submissions are signed by the judge. As such, it is critical that the agreement you submit protects your current and future interests. Los Angeles child custody lawyer Stephen Cawelti specializes in child custody mediation and preparing legally binding, detailed child custody agreements that protect your interests while also solidifying the terms of the agreement.
If an agreement cannot be reached, the next step will be for both parties to litigate in court and have the judge make the final decision. Our law firm has a high success rate of resolving even the most troublesome disputes and helping our clients arrive at fair and workable agreements. When disputes cannot be resolved through negotiation, however, we are fully prepared to aggressively advocate for our clients’ interests in court.
Factors When Determining Custody
Several factors are considered by the California courts when determining the rights of custody of a minor.
Child Custody California Court Factors
1. The health, safety, and welfare of the child must be the court’s primary concern.
2. When possible, it is important for the court to ensure that children have frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the parents have separated and to encourage parents to share the rights and responsibilities of child rearing (except when contact would not be in the best interest of the child).
3. Children have the right to be safe and free for abuse. The perpetration of child abuse or domestic violence in a household were a child resides is detrimental to the health, safety, and welfare of the child and will be taken seriously in court.
It is important that you have a highly experienced child custody attorney in Los Angeles who not only gives you sound advice and representation, but can also guide you through the nuances of the relevant California laws and family court procedures. Los Angeles child custody lawyer Stephen Cawelti has acted as the lead attorney on hundreds of divorce/child custody cases in Los Angeles and has been voted by Pasadena Magazine as one of the top attorneys in the area for six years in a row.
Types of Custody
Physical custody refers to who the child lives with. Physical custody can be:
Joint: The child lives with both parents (this does not necessarily mean that time is split exactly in half)
Sole or Primary: The child lives with one parent for the majority of the time and usually visits with the other parent.
Legal custody refers to who makes important decision for your child (like health care, education, and welfare). Legal custody can be:
Joint: The parents share the right to make decisions about the health, education, and welfare of the child.
Sole: One parent has the right to make decisions about the health, education, and welfare of the child.
Stephen L. Cawelti
Stephen is a seasoned, award-winning, board certified family law attorney who has specialized in complex family law matters since 2006 in California. His extensive educational background in child development and psychology uniquely qualify him to help parents navigate through the stress of child custody matters. Stephen has acted as the lead attorney on hundreds of divorce/child custody cases and argued before the Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura County Superior Courts. He was voted by Pasadena Magazine as one of the “Top Attorneys” in the area for the past 6 years.
Serving Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena & the Greater Los Angeles Area