The Family Law Division of Walker Trial Lawyers, LLP handles custody and visitation issues for its clients in order to obtain the best possible outcome, whether you are the petitioner or respondent.


The Riverside County Superior Family Court considers many factors, including age of the child, whether one parent has been the primary caregiver or whether both parents are actively involved.  Courts will also consider whether the child's relationship with the other parent will be encouraged or undermined. A judge may order shared parenting over the objections of a parent who wants primary custody or a parent who prefers less involvement. The judge can also dictate parenting schedules.


Determination of Child Custody in Riverside County


If the parents can agree on terms of custody, they submit the plan to the court for approval.  But, many parents simply cannot find the middle ground, in which case a judge will decide.  Based on the best interests of the child, the court will impose one of three scenarios:

  1. Sole Custody (primary custody) — Mom or Dad is designated as the residential parent, and the child lives predominantly with that parent. The other parent has parenting time (visitation). The residential parent has the most say in decisions about schooling, activities, health care, religious upbringing and daily life. Child support is based in part on the amount of parenting time.

  2. Shared parenting (joint custody) — Neither parent is considered the residential parent, even if there is a 60/40 or 70/30 split in where the child actually spends time. Both parents have equal say in raising the child and must agree on decisions. Parenting time is more balanced — four nights/three nights, every other week, or whatever arrangement works best. Shared parenting requires a greater degree of cooperation. Child support is sometimes reduced to reflect the equalized contributions.

  3. Special Circumstances — Custody is awarded to one parent if the other parent's behavior endangers the child (abuse, neglect, drug use, domestic violence). The abusive parent’s rights may be limited (e.g. supervised visitation) to protect the interests of the child.


Constructing a Shared Parenting Plan


The family law division of Walker Trial Lawyers encourages clients to focus on a shared parenting plan that they control, rather than the expense and uncertainty of a Riverside County Superior Family Law courtroom battle. The goal is a detailed, written plan that covers all the bases and best fits the needs of the parents and the child/children:


  1. Specific days at each home

  2. Pick-up and drop-off times

  3. Involvement in school activities

  4. Holidays and vacation

  5. Parenting rules

  6. Financial support and health insurance

  7. Special occasions for each parent

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