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Protecting Your Parental Rights

Especially for children, a divorce is an emotional and life-changing event. The lawyers at The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC, understand the importance of protecting your children's well-being and safeguarding your parental rights during this difficult time.

Our law firm uses its 30 years of experience in negotiation, mediation and litigation to create custody agreements and visitation schedules that instill a sense of peace and security for clients throughout Orange County and Riverside County, California.

To schedule a consultation with an experienced Orange County child custody attorney, contact us today.

San Clemente Visitation Attorneys Who Are Understanding And Sensitive To The Needs Of Children

As a recognized leader in handling complex child custody matters and a certified family law specialist with a background in the mental health field, our founding attorney Dorie A. Rogers takes a special interest in challenging custody disputes involving:

Legal Custody Versus Physical Custody

In California, custody decisions are made based on the best interests of the child. Neither parent is favored by the court when making this determination. Our lawyers assist both mothers and fathers obtain custody of their children.

Generally, there are two types of custody:

  • Physical custody, which refers to with whom the child will live.
  • Legal custody, which refers to who has decision-making power regarding the medical care, religion, education and general upbringing of the child.

Typically, California courts favor granting joint custody. It is possible, however, to create a parenting plan that involves any combination of physical and legal custody. In some cases, it may better suit the children for their parents to share joint legal custody, but grant sole physical custody to one parent while granting ample visitation rights to the other.

Preference Of The Child

Recent changes to California law require courts to consider a child's custody preference if he or she is at least 14 years old. The court may consider the preference of a child under the age of 14, depending on the child's actual age.

Contact Our California Joint Custody Lawyers

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 with a San Clemente visitation lawyer.