San Diego Third-Party Child Visitation Lawyers
Third-Party Child Visitation
Families can take on many shapes in today's world. It is common for children to reside in a home with step-parents, close family friends, aunts, uncles, or grandparents. It can be devastating for a third-party who loses contact with a child due to divorce, a falling-out, or some other circumstance. California law, fortunately, allows these third-persons to request visitation with children. San Diego family law attorney Thomas M. Huguenor has handled numerous third-party visitation cases and understands the issues that will be important in a Judge's decision. Contact our lawyers today to schedule an initial consultation.
Fighting For The Rights Of Relatives To Have Visitation With Children in San Diego
Biological parents generally have exclusive authority in regards to child custody and choosing who will be part of a child's life. Others may be able to establish visitation rights, however, if a person has lived in the same household with a child for an extended period of time. The burden is on the party requesting visitation to show that such a relationship would be in the child's best interests. Visitation will generally be found as being in a child's interests if the child emotionally benefits from an ongoing relationship or if the child may be harmed by interruption to the relationship. If you are requesting visitation then it is your burden to demonstrate the necessity and you should not attempt to navigate the process alone. Contact an attorney immediately.
Our San Diego, California lawyer has handled many third-party visitation cases. Thomas M. Hugenor will use your initial consultation to determine the nature of the relationship between yourself and the child. He will then file the necessary Petitions to begin the case and, if appropriate, will file a Motion for immediate visitation. The discovery process can be utilized as the case progresses so that issues in the parents' home can be established and presented to the Court. The law provides those attempting to establish third-party child visitation with remedies and you do not need to go through the process without assistance. Call our attorneys today at (858) 458-9500.
San Diego Family Law Specialists Assisting Third-Parties In Child Related Matters
Tom has been certified as a family law specialist by the State Bar of California. With more than 35 years of experience he has handled numerous cases in which third-persons, such as relatives and former step-parents, need to maintain relationships with children. Maintaining such a relationship may be critical to the child's well-being and it is not something you should entrust to just any attorney. Tom has a history of obtaining results for clients which other lawyers had previously said were unreachable, as shown in his testimonials. This is why he does not agree when many attorneys who take a dim view of third-party visitation cases. Call our San Diego family law attorneys at (858) 458-9500 today to schedule your initial consultation.