Child Custody & Support

San Francisco Child Custody & Support Lawyers

Protecting Your Child’s Best Interests in the Counties of San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Marin, & Santa Clara

When parents part through legal separations or divorce or were never married in the first place, child custody and support become critical issues. How these issues are resolved will impact you and your children for years to come. Getting these issues resolved favorably at the outset can help you avoid years of tension, upset, and difficulty as a co-parent. Because the stakes are high and this is a matter in which disputes can easily arise, it is vital that you understand how California family law and the courts that must follow it can affect your case. It is critical that you speak to a San Francisco child custody lawyer, a child support lawyer or an attorney experienced with both types of cases right away. 

Nachlis | Cohade | Lopez-Whitaker, LLP is a family law firm backed by more than 60 years of collective professional experience shared among its capable attorneys. We provide the added advantage of having a Certified Family Law Specialist on board with founding attorney Lorie Nachlis. This means you will have the benefit of expert knowledge and experience available in the handling of even the most contentious and complex custody matters, including those involving international family law. Our firm is dedicated to helping you achieve favorable results while protecting your child(ren)’s best interests.  

Child Custody

Child Custody Cases Our Attorneys Handle

Our firm excels at handling difficult child custody and visitation matters using our deep understanding of the law and long experience in negotiating, mediating, or litigating particularly adversarial cases in court. For any parent, however, it is important to understand that courts must operate on the principle of what is in the best interests of the child, as opposed to any parent’s specific desires. While parents have legal rights in terms of their children, these rights do not negate their co-parent’s rights.  

What are the different Types of Child Custody?

There are two types of child custody:

  • Legal custody that gives a parent the authority to make life decisions for a child, such as those involving schooling, health, religion, and extra-curricular activities; and
  • Physical custody that determines with whom the child will reside. 

These factors can be granted on a shared or sole basis, as in shared legal and physical custody giving both parents these rights and responsibilities with a detailed parenting plan, or other variations and combinations of custody arrangements. When parents share time with children, parenting plans outline arranged schedules. Child custody orders are legally binding and can be enforced through court action. You can also seek to modify orders if a substantial change in circumstances for a parent or child can be proven to the court.  

Child Support

At Nachlis | Cohade | Lopez-Whitaker, LLP, our lawyers understand how the variables in calculations can affect support orders. Whether you need assistance seeking, contesting, enforcing, or modifying a support order, we can help.  Understanding Child Support and the law

Creating a Parenting Plan for Your Child's Well-Being

At Nachlis | Cohade | Lopez-Whitaker, LLP, we understand that child custody cases can be emotionally challenging and complex. Our experienced child custody lawyers are committed to protecting your child's best interests and helping you navigate the legal process.

One important aspect of child custody cases is creating a parenting plan that outlines the responsibilities and schedules for each parent. A well-crafted parenting plan can provide stability and structure for your child, ensuring their well-being and minimizing conflicts between parents.

Our skilled attorneys will work closely with you to develop a comprehensive parenting plan that takes into account:

  • Physical custody arrangements
  • Legal custody decisions
  • Visitation schedules
  • Holiday and vacation plans
  • Communication methods between parents
  • Education and healthcare decisions

We understand that every family is unique, and we will tailor the parenting plan to your specific situation and the needs of your child. Our goal is to help you reach a fair and sustainable agreement that promotes the best interests of your child.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our experienced child custody lawyers and learn how we can assist you in creating a parenting plan that prioritizes your child's well-being.

Talk to a San Francisco child custody and support attorney about your case. Contact us onlineor at (415) 855-9344 to schedule a consultation.

Commonly Asked Questions

What factors do courts consider when determining child custody?

Courts consider several factors when determining child custody, including the child's age, the child's relationship with each parent, each parent's ability to provide for the child's needs, and the child's preference if they are old enough to express it.

What is the difference between legal custody and physical custody?

Legal custody refers to the authority to make important decisions about the child's life, such as education, healthcare, and religion. Physical custody refers to where the child will live on a day-to-day basis.

Can child custody orders be modified?

Yes, child custody orders can be modified if there is a significant change in circumstances. For example, if one parent wants to relocate or if there are concerns about the child's safety or well-being in the current custody arrangement.

How is child support calculated in California?

Child support in California is calculated based on various factors, including the parents' incomes, the number of children being supported, and the amount of time each parent spends with the child. The state uses a guideline formula to determine the amount of child support.

What happens if a parent fails to pay child support?

If a parent fails to pay child support, the other parent can take legal action to enforce the child support order. This may involve garnishing the parent's wages, seizing assets, or taking other measures to collect the overdue support.

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