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Protecting Your Parental Rights
Few events are more emotional or life-changing than divorce — especially for children. At The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC, we understand how important it is to have a strong yet caring lawyer who will protect your parental rights and safeguard your children's well-being during this difficult time.
Backed by more than 30 years of experience, our law firm uses negotiation, mediation and litigation to help clients throughout Orange County and Riverside County, California, create custody agreements and visitation schedules that provide parents and children with a sense of security and peace.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation with an experienced Orange County child custody lawyer.
Understanding And Sensitive To The Needs Of Children
Our founding attorney, Dorie A. Rogers, is a recognized leader in handling even the most challenging child custody matters. As a certified family law specialist with a background in the mental health field, she takes a special interest in complex custody disputes involving:
- High-conflict child custody
- Parental alienation
- Child custody evaluations
- Interstate custody
Legal Custody Versus Physical Custody
California courts determine custody based on the best interests of the child. Neither parent is favored by the court when determining the best interests of the child. We help both mothers and fathers obtain custody of their children.
Generally, there are two types of custody:
- Physical custody refers to where the child will live.
- Legal custody refers to decision-making power regarding the medical care, religion, education and general upbringing of the child.
Courts typically favor joint custody, although it is possible to arrange a custody plan that involves any combination of physical and legal custody. For example, sometimes parents share joint legal custody, while one parent has sole physical custody and the other has ample visitation.
Preference Of The Child
The law recently changed to require courts to consider a child's custody preference if he or she is at least 14 years old. If a child is under the age of 14, the court may consider his or her preference, depending on the child's age.
San Clemente Visitation Attorneys
We represent clients in all types of child custody cases, including those involving enforcement or modification of existing custody orders. Please contact The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC, at 714-602-1492 to schedule a consultation.