Committed Family Law Firm Taking on Child Custody Cases in the San Mateo 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.
How to contest child custody
While we employ mediation techniques to keep family law matters out of court, sometimes litigation is the best choice for your child's future. If you and your partner cannot come to terms on a custody agreement, our firm represents you in court to establish a plan in your child's best interest. We stand by your side during the court procedure and secure the evidence necessary to show why the custody decision in place isn't in your child's best interest.
Our attorneys have more than 30 years of combined experience in family law, and our founder, Lisa M. Dugoni, is a certified family law specialist in the state of California. This gives our firm the knowledge to provide the comprehensive representation contested cases require.
The issues surrounding custody
You can contest any issue relating to your custody plan, including:
- Visitation rights
- Legal custody agreements
- Physical custody agreements
Establishing visitation rights
One of the most important parts of a child custody case is the establishment of a positive visitation agreement. A visitation agreement allows a non-custodian parent to spend quality time with a child, even if the parent does not have sole physical custody. At the Law Offices of Lisa M. Dugoni, APC, our attorneys help clients set up a visitation agreement that allows them to continue seeing their children regularly. Lisa Dugoni is a certified family law specialist in the state of California, and along with her associate, Alexis Thodas, she provides the comprehensive representation you need to set up a positive visitation agreement.
Creating and maintaining a workable visitation schedule
The most important part of a parental visitation agreement is setting up a consistent schedule that works for the parents and the children involved. This schedule dictates the days a non-custodian parent spends with a child and how the location is determined. An effective schedule reduces the risk that the child will be unavailable because of prior commitments with the other parent, school or work. Creating a workable schedule requires the cooperation of both parents, and the more willing you are to make compromises, the more efficiently a plan can be established.
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.