Protecting Your Parental Rights

In California, the "best interests of the child" is the standard for resolving custody disputes. At the Law Offices of John A. Guthrie in Pleasanton, our attorneys understand all the factors that the courts must consider in making a custody decision. Contrary to what most people think, income is not a deciding factor.

While your financial situation is of importance, the court also considers your child's attachment to you, the kind of home you can provide, as well as other factors involving you and your ex-spouse's personal life. While you may earn substantially less than your ex-spouse, if he or she has a history of drug or alcohol abuse, a criminal record, or a pattern of spending little time with your children, the court may award custody to you.

Help With Visitation Rights, Enforcement Of Judgments And Modifications

Our divorce attorneys understand how to position and leverage our clients' case in regard to custody and visitation. If necessary, we work with investigators and psychologists in establishing important facts about a child's emotional state and the personal life of an ex-spouse. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, contact the child custody lawyers at the Law Offices of John A. Guthrie today.

We're Here To Answer Your Questions About Child Custody

  • If you wonder about the effect of a custody arrangement on a child support order, talk to a lawyer who can fully explain the interaction between these two issues.
  • If you already have a custody and visitation order, but your former spouse keeps violating the court-ordered schedule, call us to discuss enforcement measures such as a contempt of court motion.
  • If the child custody agreement to which you originally agreed isn't working well, call us to discuss how you would change it and why. We may be able to obtain a post-judgment modification that better serves you and your children.
  • If you are an unmarried parent seeking assistance with custody or support issues, our firm can help in your paternity case.

Temporary Custody And Domestic Violence

If you think your spouse is trying to gain the advantage in a temporary custody hearing by alleging domestic violence, you need the assistance of an attorney who represents both men and women in domestic abuse restraining order matters. If you have been unjustly accused of domestic violence or assault, our misdemeanor criminal defense attorneys can help protect your rights.

We will sit down with you to discuss the issues and help you decide how to proceed. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact the Law Offices of John A. Guthrie online, or call our Pleasanton law firm at 925-271-4342 today.