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Custody: A Step-By-Step Guide

Figuring out a child custody arrangement that everyone can agree to is one of the most difficult parts of divorce. However, taking it one step at a time can make the entire process easier to understand and work through. Here are the basic questions to answer to form the basis of your custody agreement:

2. What is best for your child?

ISTOCK IMAGE ID 43105274The #1 concern for the court is the well-being of the child. However, parents may have different views of what is best for their child in the long-term. Mediators, attorneys, and the court will evaluate a number of factors to determine what is best for the child, including:

  • The child’s wishes (if he or she is old enough to vocalize a reasonable preference)
  • The child’s age and sex
  • The physical health of both parents
  • The mental health of both parents
  • Any special needs of the child (and how each parent provides for these needs)
  • Religious/cultural considerations of the parents and child
  • Stability of both home environments
  • Relationships with extended family members (and ability to sustain positive relationships under a new custody agreement)
  • Any history of domestic violence, abuse (physical or emotional), or neglect
  • Any evidence of drug abuse or alcoholism

3. Who do you want to make the final decision?

ISTOCK IMAGE ID 33664624There are two options for the final decision-maker: the parents or the court. This decision ultimately comes down to the parents’ relationship with each other and ability to resolve differences.

Working together as parents is the best way to ensure that both sides are happy with the result. However, you are not required to go through this process alone; using a mediator or family law attorney can speed up the process and help you work through points of disagreement. During informal negotiations, both parents can work together to develop a parenting plan that everyone is on board with. Once the plan is developed, a judge can sign it to make it a legally binding agreement.

If the parents are unable to agree on a solution, the custody decision will be made in court. The family court judge will take a wide range of factors into account (which are discussed further below) and then make a decision based on the best interests of the child.

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Adrianne Fernandez 3/11/2021

Beyond impressed! I had been self represented through years of family law and child support court hearings and was so hesitant to hire an attorney out of fear and trusting that they would appropriately represent myself and child. After tons of research I contacted Ms. Azizi. I immediately was greeted by Lorenzo, the Office Administrator, who made me feel so welcomed and comfortable. He assisted in making communication seamless and effortless and walked me through each step of the process. Ms. Azizi heard my concerns and was extremely sensitive to the matter of FAMILY. The team did an amazing job with discovery and building a strong case that gave me confidence and I was successful in coming to an agreement with the other party, in what has yet to have been the easiest hearing of all, thanks to them. Ms. Azizi settled my case after years of stress and agony. I am grateful for finding the team and Ms. Azizi and definitely recommend them for any of your legal needs!

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This law firm is the best! They have helped me so much with my Divorce and Criminal cases and I really wouldn't know what to do if I didn't have them to represent me. Lorenzo and Ro are awesome and are there to help at all times. My attorney was Mr.Edmondson and he has been amazing. This law firm is truly great and I will never go to any other one. Their responses are quick and will answer any questions you might have.

Diana H. 05/01/2021

Seven stars. I had planned to put up my reviews after my final judgment but after the first hearing, couldn't wait, and I would write this whatever the outcome of my difficult case. Soheila was simply amazing in her arguments and strategy before the judge. I felt so taken care of. I chose her for her near-30 years of experience as an attorney, the depth and strength I observed in one who had weathered hardship through her many accomplishments, her compassion, and her smarts. I can't imagine what other attorney would have Zoomed with me even in sickness to help prepare me for a legal session. And I later saw how keen she'd been in her advice. I've been deeply touched watching Soheila and her paralegal Lynda Walker fight for my child as if he were their own. They in particular have treated me with great humanity - day and night from what I experienced at my former attorney's. Lynda is a gem, on her toes, flexible, hard-working, committed to each client, humble, and sweet. She has slaved over my case, doing much of the writing, watchful of me on paper and in person, guiding me gently while encouraging me to use my voice. The staff, including the office administrator Lorenzo and Linda C, is caring, respectful, and conscientious. A band of angels.