Child Custody Attorney

Top Child Custody Attorneys in Long Beach, Los Angeles & Orange County

Child custody and visitation are often the most contentious and stressful issues that a family faces during a divorce or legal separation. Courts encourage parents to reach a child custody arrangement between themselves. However, if the parents are unable to do so, an Order to Show Cause may be filed with the court to have it define a temporary order regarding child

custody. In many cases, these temporary orders significantly affect the court’s final decision regarding a permanent custody order. For that reason, it is extremely important for a parent to take early action in order to receive the most favorable custody agreement possible.

Our Child Custody Attorneys Approach

When parents cannot make an agreement on custody arrangements, court involvement is necessary. During this tumultuous and highly emotional time, our attorneys offer clients compassionate advice in negotiating their issues following their divorce or legal separation. Often, we may employ the use of outside experts in order to obtain the most favorable custody schedules available. This is done to protect the best interests of the children. There are two areas of custody which must be resolved: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody grants a parent the rights to make decisions relating to the health, education and welfare of the children. When determining legal custody, the court will look at the mental and physical ability for the parent to care for the children , the history between the parents and children, and more. Physical custody, also referred to as visitation, allocates how much time each parent will have with the children. Children primarily live with the parent who has been granted physical custody. When the issue of child custody arises during a divorce or separation proceeding, the court takes a variety of factors into consideration. Child custody is most often decided based upon the best interests of the kids.

Types of Child Custody

During a divorce or separation, determining custody of the children can be a complicated and emotionally-charged issue. There are many different types of custody agreements. Temporary custody is a agreement which two spouses enter into during a legal separation or divorce proceeding, before it’s finalized. Exclusive custody awards one parent complete and total custody over the child or children. The non-custodial parent may have supervised visitation rights, but one parents retains control over decision-making. Joint custody permits both parents to have equal visitation rights and equal decision-making benefits with regard to the child’s upbringing. If there are multiple children, the court can separate them evenly, according to the best interests of the child. No matter the custody arrangement, the non-custodial parent will almost always maintain the right to visit the child or children, with the exception of extremely rare circumstances.

More About Child Custody Law

Child custody decisions are usually made according to the child’s best interests and the process of making these decisions is often emotional and complicated. When deciding which parent should retain custody, the court will consider the parent’s ability to provide for the child, the parent’s medical history, the child’s wishes, the emotional bond between parent and child, the quality of life the child currently has and what it will take to maintain their status quo.

If visitation rights are not explicitly described in the custody agreement, the law implies a birth parent’s right to visitation. If one parent disobeys the custody agreement, the court can order the parent to be in indirect contempt of court. Since these matters are extremely complicated, we suggest calling our office to retain a lawyer in order to help you navigate through the custodial process.

Our Family Law & Divorce Attorneys

When you’re going through a tough time, you need a full team on your side. Our five-attorney firm has all of the resources to attend to our clients’ needs.

John J. Gilligan, CFLS

John J. Gilligan, CFLS

John J. Gilligan, CFLS has practiced family law for 39 years and handled over 7500 family law matters. He sits on the Family Law Executive Committee for the Los Angeles County Bar and donates several hours of his time each month to the court system as a mediator and Judge Pro Tem.

 

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Janine M. Frisco

Janine M. Frisco

Ms. Frisco’s first preference is always to mediate spousal, financial and custody issues, she is also a staunch advocate for her client’s and a relentless opponent in a court of law. Ms. Frisco regularly litigates complex trials, acts as a mediator for both parties, and collaborates when the parties pursue collaboration.

 

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Kristin Trutanich

Kristin Trutanich

Kristin Trutanich is a trial attorney with over 13 years of litigation experience. Prior to joining Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, Ms. Trutanich was a Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. As a Deputy District Attorney, she tried over 70 jury trials involving domestic violence etc.

 

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Michael Sarris

Michael Sarris

Michael Sarris specializes in California family law with extensive experience in the areas of child support, child custody and visitation, spousal support and community property division. Mr. Sarris founded the Law Offices of Michael Sarris.

 

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Wendy K. Tse

Wendy K. Tse

Family law attorney, Wendy K. Tse, has practiced family law exclusively since 1998. Ms.Tse specializes in and has extensive experience with matters pertaining to California divorce, contested custody disputes, child support, spousal support etc.

 

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Top Child Custody Attorneys in Long Beach, Los Angeles & Orange County

Child custody and visitation are often the most contentious and stressful issues that a family faces during a divorce or legal separation. Courts encourage parents to reach a child custody arrangement between themselves. However, if the parents are unable to do so, an Order to Show Cause may be filed with the court to have it define a temporary order regarding child custody. In many cases, these temporary orders significantly affect the court’s final decision regarding a permanent custody order. For that reason, it is extremely important for a parent to take early action in order to receive the most favorable custody agreement possible.

Our Child Custody Attorneys Approach

When parents cannot make an agreement on custody arrangements, court involvement is necessary. During this tumultuous and highly emotional time, our attorneys offer clients compassionate advice in negotiating their issues following their divorce or legal separation. Often, we may employ the use of outside experts in order to obtain the most favorable custody schedules available. This is done to protect the best interests of the children. There are two areas of custody which must be resolved: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody grants a parent the rights to make decisions relating to the health, education and welfare of the children. When determining legal custody, the court will look at the mental and physical ability for the parent to care for the children , the history between the parents and children, and more. Physical custody, also referred to as visitation, allocates how much time each parent will have with the children. Children primarily live with the parent who has been granted physical custody. When the issue of child custody arises during a divorce or separation proceeding, the court takes a variety of factors into consideration. Child custody is most often decided based upon the best interests of the kids.

Types of Child Custody

During a divorce or separation, determining custody of the children can be a complicated and emotionally-charged issue. There are many different types of custody agreements. Temporary custody is a agreement which two spouses enter into during a legal separation or divorce proceeding, before it’s finalized. Exclusive custody awards one parent complete and total custody over the child or children. The non-custodial parent may have supervised visitation rights, but one parents retains control over decision-making. Joint custody permits both parents to have equal visitation rights and equal decision-making benefits with regard to the child’s upbringing. If there are multiple children, the court can separate them evenly, according to the best interests of the child. No matter the custody arrangement, the non-custodial parent will almost always maintain the right to visit the child or children, with the exception of extremely rare circumstances.

More About Child Custody Law

Child custody decisions are usually made according to the child’s best interests and the process of making these decisions is often emotional and complicated. When deciding which parent should retain custody, the court will consider the parent’s ability to provide for the child, the parent’s medical history, the child’s wishes, the emotional bond between parent and child, the quality of life the child currently has and what it will take to maintain their status quo.

If visitation rights are not explicitly described in the custody agreement, the law implies a birth parent’s right to visitation. If one parent disobeys the custody agreement, the court can order the parent to be in indirect contempt of court. Since these matters are extremely complicated, we suggest calling our office to retain a lawyer in order to help you navigate through the custodial process.

Our Family Law & Divorce Attorneys

When you’re going through a tough time, you need a full team on your side. Our five-attorney firm has all of the resources to attend to our clients’ needs.

John J. Gilligan, CFLS

John J. Gilligan, CFLS

John J. Gilligan, CFLS has practiced family law for 39 years and handled over 7500 family law matters. He sits on the Family Law Executive Committee for the Los Angeles County Bar and donates several hours of his time each month to the court system as a mediator and Judge Pro Tem.

 

LEARN MORE

Janine M. Frisco

Janine M. Frisco

Ms. Frisco’s first preference is always to mediate spousal, financial and custody issues, she is also a staunch advocate for her client’s and a relentless opponent in a court of law. Ms. Frisco regularly litigates complex trials, acts as a mediator for both parties, and collaborates when the parties pursue collaboration.

 

LEARN MORE

Kristin Trutanich

Kristin Trutanich

Kristin Trutanich is a trial attorney with over 13 years of litigation experience. Prior to joining Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, Ms. Trutanich was a Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. As a Deputy District Attorney, she tried over 70 jury trials involving domestic violence etc.

 

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Michael Sarris

Michael Sarris

Michael Sarris specializes in California family law with extensive experience in the areas of child support, child custody and visitation, spousal support and community property division. Mr. Sarris founded the Law Offices of Michael Sarris.

 

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Wendy K. Tse

Wendy K. Tse

Family law attorney, Wendy K. Tse, has practiced family law exclusively since 1998. Ms.Tse specializes in and has extensive experience with matters pertaining to California divorce, contested custody disputes, child support, spousal support etc.

 

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100+ YEARS COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE

Our Law Firm’s History

Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, was co-founded by John J. Gilligan, who has been practicing family law in Long Beach since 1981. Janine M. Frisco is also a partner, as is Kristin Trutanich. Together, they are the area’s most comprehensive legal stronghold.

GFT has helped individuals and their families surmount their legal difficulties for the past several decades. We are proud to serve Southern California, and have the dedication and experience required to handle every type of issue.

The Team of Attorneys
You’ve Been Looking For

Our experienced team of professionals will guide you through life’s murkiest waters. At Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, we have the resources needed to represent clients in all aspects of family and criminal law.

The Team of Attorneys You’ve Been Looking For

Our experienced team of professionals will guide you through life’s murkiest waters. At Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, we have the resources needed to represent clients in all aspects of family and criminal law.

Office
Locations

We have two offices conveniently located in Long Beach & Palos Verdes. We represent clients in courts throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties.

Long Beach Office

One World Trade Center, Suite #1740
Long Beach, CA 90831
Telephone: (562) 431-2000
FAX: (562) 431-2100

Palos Verdes Office

2516 Vía Tejon, Suite 309
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
Telephone: (310) 237-9001
FAX: (562) 431-2100