Nothing is more important than your children. If you are involved in or anticipate a child custody dispute, call the Fresno child guardianship lawyers at the Fresno-based firm of Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian immediately. We have over 75 years of combined experience handling all aspects of child guardianship issues including visitation, decision-making, modifications, emergency issues, and enforcement.
WE FIGHT FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN
With the help of our experienced Fresno child custody lawyers, divorcing couples sometimes can work out their custody issues in a collaborative law setting without the need for a courtroom trial before a judge. The Fresno child guardianship lawyers at Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian offers divorcing couples that option through the Collaborative Law Practice Group. In other divorces, guardianship and visitation are bitterly contested and a hearing will be required. In those cases, Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian will fight aggressively for you and your children. For more than two decades, we have diligently represented the rights and best interests of the children involved in divorce.
JOINT VS. SOLE CUSTODY
California courts begin by presuming that joint guardianship is preferable in most cases, but sole custody will always be granted if a court determines it is in the best interests of the child. Even when a single parent is granted custody, the noncustodial parent will usually receive visitation privileges, although the court may impose a requirement for visits to be supervised by a state agency or another responsible party. The court will additionally decide who has the right to make final choices about a child’s education, medical care, religious teaching, and other important decisions.
Our experienced Fresno child guardianship lawyers maintain flexible hours to meet our clients’ scheduling needs, and we return every client call promptly. Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian serves clients in Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kingsburg, and Hanford counties. Our staff speaks Spanish and French, so don’t let a language barrier keep you from the legal help you need. If you are dealing with any matter related to divorce or child custody, call the Fresno child custody lawyers of Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian today at 559-277-7300 or contact us online to set up an initial consultation.
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