Child Custody

Carlsbad Child Custody Attorney

If you are looking for a compassionate and qualified family law firm to handle your child custody case in Carlsbad, then McKinnon Law Firm is the right place for you. We understand the emotional and legal complexities that accompany a parenting arrangement, especially for couples undergoing a divorce, but with our help, we aim to make the process a little less painful. 

Our mission is to provide quality and dedicated legal counsel and representation in your child custody case, and you can rest assured knowing that an experienced child custody attorney will advocate for your rights and the best interests of your children. 

Do You Need a Lawyer to File for Full Custody in California?

It's highly recommended to seek the guidance of a family law attorney when seeking full custody of a child in California. The process can be long and drawn out if papers are not filed correctly or critical evidence needs to be included. 

With years of experience in family law, our law firm is prepared to oversee your custody negotiations, while devising creative solutions for any challenges you may face.

At What Age Can a Child Decide Custody in California?

In California, children age 14 and older can express their preference for which parent they would like to live with. The judge will consider the child's preference if they are of sufficient age and can represent an intelligent opinion. However, the court may not allow the child to state their preference if they believe it would be detrimental. 

There are many factors that go into a court’s decision regarding custody of the children, including location, mental and physical health, and the stability of his/her home environment. We will review each of aspect of your case carefully to provide you with honest counsel and be most prepared to present your case in court. We will work tirelessly to help you reach the desired outcome in your child custody case.

Are you looking for an experienced family law attorney to represent you in your child custody case? Contact McKinnon Law Firm today and ask for your free consultation with our team. We proudly represent clients throughout San Diego County, including Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Escondido, and Del Mar.

Please take advantage of our free initial consultation with a Carlsbad lawyer for family law. Contact us at (760) 227-2476 to book an appointment. 

Family Law

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How is spousal support calculated?
    There is no specific formula or calculation to determine permanent spousal support. In awarding permanent spousal support, the Court will consider the respective incomes of the parties, the earning ability of the supported spouse, the standard of living during the marriage, as well as other factors set forth in Family Code Section 4320.
  • Do I have to pay child support if we have equal time with our children?

    It depends. In California, child support is calculated by a statewide guideline formula. The factors considered in this formula include the parties’ respective incomes, the timeshare of the children, health insurance deductions, required union dues and retirement, as well as other factors. If the parties have equal parenting time with the children, but one party earns more income, then the higher earning parent may have to pay child support. Whether a parent will have to pay child support and the amount depends on the particular circumstances in each case.
  • What is Family Court Services Mediation?
    Family Court Services Mediation is child recommending counseling imposed by the Court when custody issues cannot be resolved by the parents informally. Both parties are required to attend this mediation without their attorneys. A mediator who works for the Court will meet with both parties to assist them in reaching agreements regarding custody and a child sharing plan. If the parties cannot agree to custody and parenting during FCS mediation, then the mediator will issue a report to the Court making recommendations as to what the custody and parenting arrangement should be for the children.

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