2151 S. College Dr. Suite 102, Santa Maria, Ca 93455        (805) 346-8536

Cameron Fernandez is a Certified Specialist, Certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Cameron and his team are among the finest child custody attorneys in the state of California. As you know, there is nothing in this life more important than the well being of your children. As parents, we live and work to make sure that our children are happy, healthy, and have the necessities of life. That being said, there are few things as devastating as not being able to be with our children. We can help. We are parents too. We know what how important your children are to you. But we also understand California law as it relates to child custody. We have been protecting the custody rights of parents for years. Our greatest professional victories have involved successfully keeping our clients with their children. If you need help with child custody, you have come to the right place. Call us and let us help you protect your child custody rights like we have done for hundreds of other happy clients.

We Believe Your Children’s Best Interest Must Be the Top Priority

In California, the legals standard that family law judges use to determine who should have custody of a child is “the best interest of the child.” This means that the family court judges analyze each custody case in terms of what custody arrangement will ultimately be in the child’s (or children’s) best interest. Another guideline judges use in determining child custody is the public policy that, all else being equal, it is best for children to have relationships with both parents. This is counter to misconception that California law favors giving custody to mothers. California public policy interests are that both parents should have custody rights, so long as that is what comports with the best interest of the child, under the present circumstances.

We have learned over the years, that every on of our client’s situations is unique. Every case is different, as each family has it’s own individual circumstances. Whatever you circumstance may be, if you desire to keep the custody of your children, we can help. We are highly skilled attorneys at keeping our clients united with their children. We have successfully defended countless cases in which one parent wants to take the children away from our client to punish them. We know how to win. We are some of the finest child custody attorneys in the state of California.

Modification of Custody or Visitation Orders

Custody orders are not permanent. A custody order can be changed or modified upon a showing that there has been a substantial change in the circumstances of the family since the original orders were made. If a substantial change in circumstances occurs, then the case can be brought in front of the family law judge for his approval of a modification. Again, any change would need to be in the best interest of the child. We are highly experienced at both seeking appropriate modifications and defending against inappropriate modifications. If you are facing a potential modification of custody, please call us. We can help.

Move Away Cases

Within the field of child custody, there is a particularly tricky type of cases called “move-away cases.” Move-away cases arise when one of two parents want to move to a new city or geographical location that is far from the area where the other parent lives. In these cases, the family court judge must decide whether to allow the moving parent to take the children with them, which means that the other parent will have to live far away from their children. In these cases, the “best interest of the child” standard still applies, but the judges will scrutinize every fact of the case because the stakes are so high. Family law judges do not like to take children away from a parent unless they are presented with a very good reason to do so. These cases can be very challenging because the stakes are so high. For the moving parent, especially a moving parent with a compelling reason to leave, such as a great job opportunity, it can be frustrating to have to have the permission of the judge to leave. Likewise, for the non-moving parent, it can be very scary to face the prospect of your children moving away from you. We have successfully represented many clients on both sides of move away cases. We know what the family court judges will look for, in terms of evidence, and we know how to prevail. If you are facing a potential move-away case, you should call us immediately. Time is of the essence to marshal the evidence and prepare your case so as to maximize the chance that you will prevail Call us today.

Child Support

Child custody and child support go hand-in-hand. Child support refers to the obligation of one parent to pay the other parent money in order to proportionally compensate them for their financial support of the children. California has established guidelines to help determine how much child support should be paid, but these calculations can actually get very complicated. If not handled by an experienced child support attorney, you could easily be stuck with an inappropriate or unfair child support obligation or order. If you are dealing with issues of child custody and child support, you should contact us immediately. We can help. Moreover, you should not assume that these matters will automatically be worked out fairly if you do not protect your rights. We see many individuals who lose thousands of dollars over time because of unfair child support arrangements. Often this stems from people not getting help from a skilled child support attorney when they needed it. Don’t make that mistake. Get help from a skilled family law attorney, and benefit financially in the long-run.