San Bernardino Child Custody Lawyer

Child walking at parkParents are charged with making sure that their children are protected at all times. Unfortunately, there are times when your son or daughter’s other parent does not live up to this obligation. When such a failure occurs it may be necessary to involve the Courts. Properly presenting the facts of the matter is vital to ensuring that your child’s interests are protected. Retaining an experienced attorney can be part of protecting those interests. Aruna Rodrigo is a San Bernardino child custody lawyer who focuses on this area of law so that parents may focus on the most important thing – their family. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.

Child custody attorney assisting San Bernardino parents

California is a state which presumes that parents should share joint custody of their children. This means that the Court will begin each case with the belief that each parent should have equal time with the child. The Court will vary from this belief, however, if it is shown that joint custody would not be in the best interests of the child. When deciding what is in a child’s best interests, the Court will consider factors which include:

  • The wishes of the child (depending on the child’s age and maturity)
  • The needs of the child and the ability of each parent to meet those needs
  • The extent to which each parent will foster a relationship between their counterpart and the child
  • The source of any conflict between the parents
  • Whether there is a history of domestic violence
  • The need to keep the child associated with his or her siblings
  • The historical nature of the parent child relationship
  • Etc.

When the Court makes its custody determination, it will also enter an order regarding visitation, child support, and any other relevant considerations. Litigating such matters can quickly become complicated and it is strongly suggested that you retain an experienced lawyer to assist you.

Aruna Rodrigo is a San Bernardino child custody attorney who is certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He will use your initial consultation to help you understand what you should expect from the process and to put a plan in action. Aruna will quickly file your Petition to establish custody as well as a Motion requesting that the Court enter a temporary order. This temporary order will provide you with a sense of structure while your case proceeds through the system. Aruna will use the discovery process to obtain information which is relevant to your counterpart’s fitness to parent. Such evidence may include banks statements, employment records, police reports, etc. If a resolution cannot be reached then our firm will make sure that your interests are protected at trial. We understand that nothing is more important to you than your children. We will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us today.

We also service Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Ontario, Victorville, Rialto, Hesperia, Chino, Upland, Apple Valley, Redlands, Highland, Colton, Yucaipa, Montclair, elsewhere in the Inland Empire, as well as Los Angeles.

San Bernardino child custody lawyer assisting parents who are outside the state of California

In today’s world it is increasingly common for parents to reside in different states. If you need to file an initial child custody case then, under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), California will hear the matter if the child has resided in the state for at least six months. Litigating across state lines can be complicated. Our lawyer has handled many such matters and he will stay in regular contact with you throughout the process. This includes promptly responding to messages, making himself available to answer your questions, and providing a summary letter after every court hearing. This level of service is our promise in each and every case we handle.