You have the right to be a Father. Your Children need you.
At Griffith, Young & Lass we understand the special challenges and unique issues that fathers face in family law. We are here to help you in the fight of your life—your relationship with your children.
Many fathers have suffered the heartache that comes with losing the close relationship that they have enjoyed with their children at the hands of the largely biased family court system. There is a perception, largely due to real life experiences, that family courts are biased against fathers and that mothers are perceived to be more suited to provide primary care to their children.
Believe it or not, the law in California begins with the presumption that parents should share joint custody of their children. If you are a father that wants joint custody, the law is on your side. We at Griffith, Young & Lass have had great success representing men because we have a plan for each case. The keys to success within a biased system are recognition, education, preparation, and presentation:
1. Recognize the bias and identify the issues giving rise to the bias. Effective counter argument is impossible without an understanding as to what you are up against.
2. Educate the father as to what the court and the court appointed evaluators and mediators will be looking for.
3. Prepare the father for success at mediation and in court. This includes role playing mediation interviews, role playing testimony in court, gathering documents and information relevant to parenting issues, etc.
4. Presentation of the case in court is of upmost importance when faced with a biased system. There is at times a natural inclination for family court judges to draw on personal experience to make assumptions that assist them in making their orders. This is where bias comes in. It is the job of your family law attorney to “fill the gaps” with evidence. The more relevant information that you give to the judge, the less room there is for biased gap filling. Given sufficient evidence, your family lawyer can argue the facts and tie them the law effectively funneling the court toward the desired result.
Every child custody case has a unique set of facts and circumstances. Every case has its own path the success. We at Griffith, Young & Lass can help you understand the issues in your case and help you build a case that will give you the best chance for success. Call us now to talk to an experienced family law attorney about your case.
We have a team of skilled trial attorneys including a Board Certified Specialist in the area of family law. 858-345-1720