The goal of California family law is to have both parents involved in a child’s life and sharing joint legal custody. Courts will award sole legal custody to a parent only in extraordinary circumstances where physical (or sexual) abuse or chemical dependency issues are present.
Parties are encouraged by courts to work together informally to come up with a custody and parenting time plan. In the absence of an agreement, the court will order a custody and parenting time schedule following an evaluation process. The evaluation process can be lengthy and significantly add to the parties’ legal expenses.
If you have a child custody issue or seek to modify an existing child custody order, please contact the Law Office of Matthew J. Jensen for a consultation.
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The Law Office of Matthew J. Jensen serves clients throughout the Bay Area, including the cities of Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Los Altos, San Jose, Campbell, Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Milpitas, Fremont, Hayward, Palo Alto, Atherton, Woodside, and Redwood City as well as Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and Alameda County.