Torrance Child Custody Lawyer

Family Law Attorneys Serving the South Bay
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Are you facing a child custody dispute? Do you have questions about your parental rights? You need to work with a custody lawyer who understands how weighty these matters are. At Patricia Barberis, A Law Corporation, you are never just a case number in our eyes. We care about each client individually and treat them as if they were lifelong friends of ours.

Children are often the victims of custody disputes

We are prepared to deliver compassionate counsel to help you determine your child's best interests. While we will work to achieve an amicable agreement on child custody, we are ready if need be to mount a fierce defense of you and your child's rights. Do not hesitate to find out how we are qualified to help you and your family.


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Child Custody Lawyers with 50+ Years of Combined Experience

How are we qualified to provide the legal support you need? For one thing, Torrance Divorce Attorney Collen Barberis has served as a court appointed minor's counsel, representing minors in child custody and divorce disputes. She was entrusted with determining a child's best interests, and to then take the appropriate legal actions to preserve those interests.

What are some other reasons to team up with our Torrance child custody attorneys?

  • Our family law firm has served South Bay since 1977
  • We're a mother and daughter legal team
  • Our counsel is informed by experience as a former L.A. County mediator
  • We provide polite, personalized counsel and tenacious advocacy

If a judge is making your custody order, then he or she will decide what is best for a child's "health, safety, and welfare" (California Family Code § 3020). Usually speaking, California courts favor joint custody and plans which provide adequate parenting time to both the father and the mother. There are no guarantees, however, particularly when a stranger is the one deciding your child's fate. But with the guidance of the right attorney, you could have the power to choose your custody arrangement. Whether through an uncontested divorce or mediation, we can help you and the other parent stay focused on your child's interests to create your unique parenting plan.

You Deserve a Trusted Advocate on Your Side

Our team of Torrance divorce lawyers can help you navigate the intricacies of California family law. Child custody cases can be particularly complex, particularly when the best interests of your child are at stake and numerous issues can affect a final custody decision. It is important to ensure that your child's rights are not sacrificed simply because one parent wants time with the child.

We have experience handling many factors that can impact a custody arrangement:

Unfortunately, many of the above issues can also become problematic following divorce, which may create a need for one parent's custody rights to get taken away. We can represent you in these matters, as well, and can help protect what matters most to you – your child.

Legal Custody and Physical Custody of Your Child

The life of your child should be delicately balanced, to say the least, and cannot be approached as if it were only a single-sided issue. To this end, there are actually two distinct types of child custody in California: legal custody and physical custody. Depending on your living situation, the best interests of your child, and your ex-spouse’s own circumstances, you could win rights to one, both, or neither forms of custody.

  1. Legal custody: The parent who is granted legal custody is permitted to make important life decisions for your children, such as where they should go to school, what religious upbringing they follow, and how their health is monitored and maintained.
  2. Physical custody: This is more straightforward but no less important – physical custody determines where your children live. If you win sole physical custody, they will live only with you and visit your ex. Joint physical custody typically splits their living situation in half, one way or another, or as close to evenly as possible.

Child Custody Order Modifications and Enforcement

If necessary, we can also guide you through the process of modifying your child custody order. As a child's needs are always changing as they grow, it is wise to reevaluate your custody orders on a yearly basis. A Torrance divorce lawyer can help you review the custody order to make sure it still serves the best interests of your children.

For a court order to be modified, you will need to show that a significant change happened in your life, such as:

  • Chronic illness or debilitating injury
  • Unexpected loss of employment
  • Forced relocation due to job
  • Convicted of certain criminal activities

Enforcing court orders is a different situation altogether. Sometimes an order is broken inadvertently, perhaps due to unclear specifications in the agreement. Your spouse might come to your child’s birthday party, unaware that they were barred from doing so, for example. Other times, the problem could be more serious, such as your spouse intentionally disregarding the regulations.

If the other parent of your child refused to follow child custody orders, you may have to:

  • Notify law enforcement officials and request assistance.
  • Tell your county’s district attorney to create a record of the incidents.
  • Create a contempt action through the legal system.
  • Contact your child custody lawyer.

When all is said and done, the proper enforcement is critical for everyone’s safety and happiness. If you are experience troubles with your ex-spouse and how they are disrespecting child custody orders, you should not hesitate to seek help right away.


Contact our firm to set up an appointment with our Torrance child custody attorneys, and find out how we can stand with you to shield your rights, and your children’s.