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Child Custody Lawyer in San Diego

Advocating for the Best Interests of Children

California has a policy of ensuring that each parent has frequent and continuing contact with minor children. This mandate is vague, which makes custody and visitation issues extremely nuanced.

When you need an experienced and compassionate child custody attorney in San Diego, call Embry Family Law P.C. We provide effective legal representation with a client-focused approach. Let our team explain the law and the legal process as it applies to your unique situation.

If you are dealing with a custody dispute, call (619) 485-6476 to learn about your legal options.

Custody in California

Courts in California use the best interest of the child as the standard when determining how parenting time should be shared between parents. In some cases, one parent may have primary custody while the other has visitation once or twice during the week. In other situations, parenting time is shared equally.

There are two types of custody that are considered: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody refers to where the child will live and spend time. Legal custody refers to who has the right to make major decisions for the child.

Legal custody allows parents to make decisions regarding:

  • Education and childcare
  • Medical care
  • Religious activities
  • Travel
  • Summer camp
  • Vacations
  • Sports and extracurricular activities

Physical and legal custody can either be shared jointly – with both parents making the decisions – or held solely by one parent. When parents are unable to come to an agreement, the judge will base custody decisions on what he or she believes is in the child’s best interests.

Building Your Custody Case

Navigating a custody case can be challenging, and it is important to work with an attorney who is skilled in this area and knowledgeable of California custody law. Our San Diego child custody lawyer at Embry Family Law P.C. has extensive experience negotiating and litigating child custody and visitation issues. We will provide an honest assessment of your case, tell you what you need to hear, and explain what is likely to happen in your situation. We help clients look past the difficulty of the present and see the future.

Please contact us at (619) 485-6476 for a free consultation.

The Embry Family Law P.C. Team

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    Ben E. Embry

    Founding Attorney

    Ben was born and raised in Henderson, Kentucky, and attended the University of Kentucky. He did not leave Kentucky until he moved to San Diego to attend law school in 2006. Ben grew up on his father’s farm, doing the things that most “farm boys” do: Plowing the fields, tending the cattle, and harvesting crops, all while leaving enough time to fish in the pond. Working for his father is what gave Ben the work ethic he has today. Despite the fact that farming was in his blood, Ben decided early on ...
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    Marie Manalo

    Intake Specialist

    For Marie, the best thing about working at Embry Family Law P.C. is that every day goes by so fast and no two days are ever the same. She loves being able to provide support to the amazing attorneys and colleagues she works with every day. She values and enjoys learning and growing from each person with whom she comes into contact. When she isn’t working, Marie likes to read and journal. She is also a fan of strength-training and dancing, as well as scary movies and good documentaries. You can ...
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    Nicholas Montano

    Legal Assistant

    Nicholas is a native San Diegan who grew up in Golden Hills, right by the 94 freeway. As the middle of three siblings, he was and is the “peace maker” in the family. At Embry Family Law P.C., Nicholas enjoys supporting clients by explaining the process to them, listening to their concerns, and assuring them that they are in good hands and that everything will be okay. Nicholas attended St. Augustine High School and Cuyamaca Community College, and he is working on his last semester to become ABA ...
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