Family Law Blog

Child Custody: What Are The Best Interests Of The Child?

Thursday, January 05, 2017

One of the most heated and intense moments in your life can happen when child custody becomes the topic. For years, people have made their claims on why they should obtain custody of the children when a marriage or relationship ends. 

This is why it is so important to have the help of an experienced child custody attorney who can help protect the rights you have as a parent. You are fighting for your children, and you deserve to get the best results for the children you love so much.

Many people think that child custody cases are always ruled in favor of the mother. However, this is no longer the case. Many states across the United States will view both sides of the situation and determine the best situation for the child.

The child's best interest should always be number one. Several factors will determine where the child will live and who gets to make the important decisions in the child's life. 

If you do not understand how child custody battles work and you need someone to fight on your behalf, an experienced family law attorney will explain everything you need to know so that you can move forward with getting the results your child needs.

Some of the factors that are taken into consideration during a child custody case include the following:

  • Where the child wants to reside(if he or she is old enough to determine what he or she wants)
  • What the parents want
  • How well the child adjusts to the current environment
  • The mother/child and father/child relationship
  • The type of home life each parent can provide

This is only a small list of the things that will be considered when you are in the middle of a child custody battle. It is important to remember that the best interest of the child is what the judge will consider. 

If you need to be advised on what your chances may be in obtaining custody of your child, Contact a California child custody attorney today.

Domestic Violence Rates Higher among Same-Sex Couples

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

According to new literature, domestic violence rates are either the same or slightly higher among same-sex couples, compared to heterosexual couples.

Earlier studies have also indicated high rates of domestic violence in the homosexual and lesbian communities. According to previous studies, domestic violence rates as high as between 25% and 75% of persons in the lesbian, homosexual and bisexual category. However, it's hard to arrive at established figures as far as violence in this category is concerned. That's because is there is a lack of accurate or representative data. There is widespread under reporting of abuse and domestic violence among lesbians, gays and transgender couples.

Very often, people who identify themselves as sexual minorities are simply not comfortable about coming out in the open about the problems in their relationship. Besides, these relationships tend to be under a lot of stress because these people are sexual minorities. Individuals aren't comfortable about coming out about the violence and abuse that is going on in their lives.

Both males and females may hesitate to report the violence because of fear of discrimination, due to their sexual orientation. They also fear that they will be abused further by the partner, or be blamed for the abuse. In other cases, people who are in such abusive same-sex relationships haven't really come out about their sexual orientation to people like their family members. They don't want to come out to family members, via a domestic violence incident.

In California, victims who face domestic violence or abuse can take out a temporary restraining order that limits the violence perpetrator’s access to the victim. If you are currently being subjected to abuse or violence at home, speak to a family lawyer in Los Angeles about getting a restraining order and protecting yourself.