Looking Out For The Best Interests Of Your Child

Our attorneys at Gary, Till & Burlingham are experienced custody litigators and are intimately familiar with the custody process. We are keenly aware that child custody and visitation disputes are among the most difficult and contentious that family law litigants will ever face.

We want our custody clients to understand that the court is most concerned with making a custody plan that is in the best interest of your child, as opposed to awarding one parent a win over the other parent. On the other hand, we endeavor to help clients communicate the child's viewpoint to the child custody recommending counselors (CCRCs) and courts. Accordingly, we assist our clients to frame and consider their concerns in light of the best interest standard. Our attorneys have found that parents who involve their children in the divorce and custody conflict ultimately hurt the children and sometimes even damage their credibility with the court.

Navigating Mandatory Custody Mediation

California courts require that every child custody case undergo mediation, either with court-employed mediators (known as Family Court Services) or through a licensed private-therapist mediator (CCRC) who practices outside the court. Family Court Services (FCS) is free throughout the county, but parties are limited to one mediation session every six months and the process is sometimes imperfect.

Private mediation is more involved and usually leads to better results, but is more costly and depends upon the hourly rate of the private mediator (CCRC) and the minimum retainer charged. Regardless of the facilitating mediator (CCRC), our legal team has found that the outcome of custody and visitation disputes can turn upon how the client presented his or her case in mediation.

We Offer Many Types Of Child Custody Representation

Our child custody attorneys have broad custody experience and can provide our clients with comprehensive and effective planning concerning:

  • Obtaining legal and physical custody orders
  • Preparing your custody motion or defending against the other parent's motion
  • Preparing for custody mediation
  • Preparing a special declaration to challenge a poor mediation report
  • Aggressive representation at custody hearings and trials
  • 3110 Custody Evaluations for more complex and conflicted custody disputes
  • 730 Psychological Evaluations for families requiring deeper investigation
  • Substance abuse evaluations for parties with a history of drug, alcohol or prescription drug abuse
  • Custody move-away (child relocation) cases
  • Grandparent visitation
  • Stepparent visitation

Our custody and visitation attorneys have years of experience counseling our custody clients in preparing their court pleadings and analyzing and preparing their custody presentation for mediation and court.

In addition, we also help clients modify existing custody and parenting-time plans when there has been a significant change in circumstances. Our attorneys will explain all of your options, and help you take the necessary steps to protect the time you have with your children.

Learn More About Your Custody Case

We believe having a qualified and supportive child custody and visitation lawyer is essential to your success in the custody and mediation process. Please do not hesitate to call our child custody lawyers at our Sacramento office at 916-900-1336 or send us an email to schedule an appointment. We are dedicated to ensuring that you remain an active part of your child's life.