North County or Carlsbad child custody cases and the meaning of Family Code section 3020

Pierre Domercq Child Custody and Visitation

North County Child Custody issues are triggered when husbands and wives with children divorce. Child Custody issues also arise in Carlsbad or North County Paternity Actions. Child Custody refers to a parent having care, custody, and control of the child.
Family Code section 3020 explains that it is California’s Public Policy that:
•(a) The children’s health, safety, and welfare are a top priority;
•(b) Children should have frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the parents are no longer together; and
•(c) parents should share in the rights and responsibilities of raising the child.
However, this is NOT true if contact with the parent would not be in the child’s best interests.
When is it not in a child’s best interest to have frequent and continuing contact with a parent? Typically, in Carlsbad divorce cases where there is substantiated drug abuse (not simply drug use), severe mental illness, a Court finding of Domestic Violence, or some similar danger to a child, the Court will find that it is not in the child’s best interest to have frequent and continuing contact with a parent.