At Auer Family Law in San Francisco, attorney Lisa J. Auer will work with you to understand the needs of your family and to find child custody solutions that are in the best interests of your children and agreeable to both parents. Lisa believes that, whenever possible, parents should resolve custody issues outside of court through negotiation or mediation.
Children benefit when parents are able to cooperate and keep their conflicts away from the children. It is important to separate disputes over financial issues from parenting issues as much as possible. Children are entitled to the best possible relationship with both parents.
Lisa favors an interdisciplinary approach and often recommends that parents work with a neutral mediator or co-parenting counselor in the Bay Area who is a mental health professional with specialized knowledge and experience in child development and the needs of divorced or separated families.
Legal and Physical Custody
There are two types of custody: legal and physical.
Legal custody refers to the right to make important decisions about a child's education, health care, religious instruction, and other major issues. Joint legal custody means that the parents share the right to make these important decisions.
Physical custody refers to where the child resides and which parent is responsible for caring for and supervising the child. Joint physical custody means that each parent has significant periods of physical custody of the child, not necessarily that they have 50/50 parenting time.
California family law provides that children should have frequent and continuing contact with both parents, and that parents should share the rights and responsibilities of raising their children unless safety concerns make this impossible.
A parenting plan is a written statement of the arrangements that the parents will follow in raising their children. A parenting plan should be drafted to consider the circumstances of both parents and the ages and developmental needs of the children. It includes a schedule that identifies the specific days and times the children are in the care of each parent. It includes details of how the children will spend holidays, vacations, and other special days.
The parenting plan should also specify how the parents will share responsibility for important decisions and how they will communicate with one another. It is generally helpful to put a parenting plan in place as soon as possible after separation.
Lisa can help you develop a parenting plan that meets your family's needs, provides stability, and addresses potential areas of confusion or conflict. A parenting plan may need to change over time as children get older and circumstances change. Lisa can also help you when modifications are needed.
Contact Auer Family Law for a Consultation with a Child Custody Lawyer
Please contact us to schedule a consultation. Lisa J. Auer will help you understand your child custody options and develop individualized solutions that work for your family. You may also call the law firm at 415-772-5686.