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Committed Family Law Firm Taking on Child Custody Cases in the San Jose Area

Helping clients attain a custody agreement that works for them

If you are dealing with a child custody issue in the Bay Area, the Law Offices of Lisa M. Dugoni, APC can provide you with individualized attention and comprehensive representation as we protect your parental rights. Whether your case requires litigation or can be resolved through mediation,  our firm is prepared to work for your child's future well-being. Our attorneys have more than 30 years of combined experience and work as a team to handle your case and effectively answer your questions.

The types of child custody

Not every child custody case is the same, and in California, there are different ways the parties can establish an agreement, including:

  • Sole physical custody -- The child or children maintain permanent residency with one parent. While generous visitation agreements are often set up, a child has only one permanent home.
  • Sole legal custody -- The custodian parent is in charge of all of the major decisions in a child's life, such as education, religious and health choices.
  • Joint physical custody -- A child's time is shared between both parents' homes.
  • Joint legal custody -- Both parents have to come to an agreement on the major decisions about the child. These choices include those pertaining to health and education and if a child can move to a different state with a parent.

The court also sets up a temporary custody plan for a child while a permanent agreement is being worked out.

Handling contested custody cases

While the court may want you and your partner to settle a child custody case during negotiations, sometimes it's in the best interest of your child to contest the custody agreement being proposed. Our firm protects your parental rights in contested child custody cases through litigation.

Establishing visitation rights

Even if your child custody ends with one parent obtaining sole custody, the non-custodian parent is still often entitled to visitation rights with the child. We help clients come to an effective visitation agreement that allows both parents to remain an influence in their child's life.

Get the help you need with your child support case today

Are you currently dealing with a complex child custody issue? Call the Law Offices of Lisa M. Dugoni, APC today at 650-356-1180 or contact us online to schedule an appointment about your case. Our firm represents clients throughout San Mateo County and the Bay Area, including San Jose.

 

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