Child Custody

The Path to a Better Divorce

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Long Beach Child Custody Attorney

Child Custody Lawyers Fighting For The Best Interests of Your Child in LA County

Any divorce can be challenging. However, the situation becomes even more excruciating when a divorce involves children. It is no longer merely about looking out for yourself; you have to be concerned with the safety and well-being of your child. Not to mention, you begin to worry about losing precious time with your child.

Any Long Beach child custody attorney at Alternative Divorce Solutions understands the added burden and emotional turmoil that divorcing parents face. Our Long Beach child custody lawyers are committed to protecting your parental rights during your divorce. Above all, we help everyone involved keep their focus where it should be: the child’s best interests.

To schedule a free consultation, contact us online or via phone at 949-368-2121.

Maintain Control of Child Custody Decisions

In Long Beach, California, you and your spouse are allowed to decide how you want to arrange child custody. This includes making decisions about who the child will live with, who will make major life decisions for the child, and when the child will spend time with each parent.

If you are having difficulty reaching an agreement, your first option is to try to resolve your dispute through mediation. Our Long Beach divorce-mediation lawyers have years of experience helping parents reach resolutions that work for both parents and protect the rights of their child.

How is Child Custody Determined?

When parents cannot agree on the terms of child custody, the matter will be brought before a judge who will decide for them. When evaluating a child custody case, a judge’s primary concern is the child’s best interest.

To determine the best interest of a child, the court considers several factors, including:

  • The health of the child
  • The age of the child
  • The ability of each parent to care for the child
  • The child’s relationship with each parent
  • The child’s preference (if the child is mature enough to make intelligent decisions)
  • Any past criminal, domestic violence, or drug history
  • The financial assets and earning capacity of each parent
  • The child’s ties to his or her home, school, or community

What Makes You an Unfit Parent in California?

Factors used to determine if a parent is unfit for custody in California include:
  • How involved the parent has been with the child in the past
  • How well the parent is able to both understand and meet the child’s needs
  • How the child feels about the parent
  • If the parent responsibly sets age-appropriate limits for the child (curfew, safety, bedtime, etc.)
  • How the parent deals with conflict particularly with the other parent
  • A history of any of the following:
    • Child abuse
    • Domestic violence
    • Substance abuse
    • Mental illness
If you have any additional questions about this, do not hesitate to contact our law firm in Long Beach for help!

How Does 50/50 Child Custody Work in California?

50/50 schedules are often beneficial to the child, as he or she can spend time in both parents’ homes. The child is given the chance to bond with both parents, creating a loving relationship where the child feels cared for. This scenario is ideal if the parents live relatively close to one another, making the process more manageable.

Our Long Beach Child Custody Lawyers Can Help

To stay in control of your child custody case, turn to Alternative Divorce Solutions. Our divorce mediation services have helped many couples save the time, money, and heartache involved in going to court.

To schedule a free consultation, contact us online or via phone at 949-368-2121.

Meet Our Team

Experienced in Guiding You To a Resolution

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Lani Baron


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Jeanann Khalife

& Managing Partner

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“Thank you for all your knowledge, conscientiousness, and kindness.”

– Beverly

“First and foremost, I found that I had a lot to learn about the divorce mediation process. I did not exactly know what the role of the mediator was or if we would still have to go to Court.”

– Donald B.

“I was so stressed out before I went to ADS. Once I got there Lani sat with me and my husband and explained the whole mediation process. After I left I knew exactly what to expect and ADS lived up to my expectations.”

– Giz S.

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Top 10 Reasons
To Choose Mediation
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  • You get to be in control of your divorce.
  • Tailored solutions based on your needs.
  • Focus on your emotional well-being.
  • Eliminates combative power struggles.
  • Less stressful for every family member.
  • Neutral help from a qualified mediator.
  • Completely private and confidential.
  • Can protect the interests of young children.
  • Saves time by preventing long litigation.
  • Less money spent on attorney and court filing fees.