The Harris Law Group is a leader in the field of Los Angeles family law, particularly as it pertains to child custody. Mr. Harris, our child custody attorney, is experienced in representing the best interests of the children, as well as their mothers and fathers. Through our client-centered approach, we are dedicated to providing the best outcome for whomever we represent, while continuing to put the children’s best interests first.
Mr. Harris is dedicated to understanding the specific facts of each child custody case he handles. He will analyze each parent’s role and involvement in the children’s lives. This allows him to put together a strategic and aggressive approach that will strongly advocate for the represented parent and the best interests of the child.
The Harris Law Group offers free initial consultations to parents seeking custody of their child(ren), whether it is legal or physical.
In California, judges like to see both parents play a significant role in their children’s development. This is also an approach to which Mr. Harris, our experienced child custody lawyer, adheres. However, Mr. Harris also knows that sometimes it is not possible for both parents to be an important part of the child’s life. Parents can sometimes disagree on the best way to raise their children, and this can often cause unhappiness in the child’s life. When parenting disputes such as these arise in the aftermath of a failed relationship, courts have to get involved.
Courts will look at two areas of child custody law when a parenting matter has to be decided: legal custody and physical custody.
Legal custody includes the right for parents to make major decisions about their child’s well-being. This includes things such as where their child attends school and when their child receives medical care (aside from emergency situations). There are two types of legal custody: joint legal custody and sole legal custody.
Joint legal custody is when both parents share in the responsibility and right to make decisions for their child. Typically, joint legal custody is awarded. However, there are situations where it may not be awarded such as if one parent is deemed unfit or if it would be in the child’s best interests for one parent to have sole legal custody.
Sole legal custody exists when one parent is making all of the major decisions for his or her children. The other parent does not have any input.
It is important to remember that when parents share legal custody, it does not mean they will share physical custody. Additionally, if a parent has sole legal custody, that does not mean he or she has sole physical custody.
This regards where the child or children will live. Typically, one parent, the “custodial” parent, will have custody of the children and the other parent, the “non-custodial” parent, will have visitation rights. It is also possible to have joint physical custody. This would involve the children splitting their time equally between both parents’ homes. When deciding physical custody issues, a court will often look at:
Above all, the child’s best interests are taken into account when determining how physical custody will be divided, if at all.
The Harris Law Group is well-versed in child custody law issues, and we represent both parties in this debate. Our child custody attorney will explain your rights to you and help you make an informed decision as to the welfare of your child or children.
Mr. Harris is a full-time family law attorney. He maintains a focus of child custody law to ensure his efforts in providing our clients with the best legal representation possible. Mr. Harris reviews every case on its own individual facts. He can handle child custody cases from their inception, review an already existing arrangement and appeal to the courts for a modification of that judgment, or help you ask the court to revisit the child custody appointment if a parent’s situation has changed since the arrangement was first made.
Mr. Harris provides a free initial consultation to all new clients, and we have flat rate legal fees, meaning no billable hours for our services!
The Harris Law Group is here to help you provide your child with the best life possible, whether it is with you solely or with both parents sharing the responsibility of decision-making.
"I came to Mr. Harris' services while in the midst of a not so pleasant separation. Mr. Harris walked me through each step of the divorce process, provided mediation when needed, and helped throughout the negotiations. Not once did I ever feel that I didn't know where my case was at in the process. Mr. Harris kept me informed and up-to-date on my case. He made sure that my best interest was always in consideration. As well, he would let me know if my request was not realistic or the best choice for an amicable situation and would provide alternate solutions that were reasonable and turned out to result in a much better outcome. It is without any reservation that I highly recommend his services."- Michelle