Protecting Your Children and Your Rights During a Child Custody Dispute

Few events in a parent's life are more stressful than child custody proceedings in a divorce or when modifying orders as situations and lives change. At Palmer Rodak & Associates, in Oceanside and Del Mar, we provide experienced and committed representation designed to resolve these matters while protecting the rights and interests of our clients.

Palmer Rodak & Associates represents clients in all child custody matters including:

  • Child custody
  • Visitation rights
  • Parenting plans
  • Mediation proceedings
  • Modifications to custody and visitation
  • Parental relocations and move-aways
  • Grandparent visitation rights
  • Custody evaluation proceedings
  • And others

California favors joint custody, involving shared "legal custody" where both parents make decisions regarding medical treatment, education and other critical concerns. Which parent a child lives with ("physical custody") and who gets visitation, can get complex, especially in a military divorce involving relocation or deployment. Our skilled assistance can help ensure clients make choices that are in the best interest of the child. Contact our office for help today.

Mandatory Mediation

With few exceptions, Family Court Services (FCS) mediation is mandatory whenever custody or visitation is in question. Making a favorable impression on your FCS mediator can be essential to your overall success in the case.

Once the parents file a child custody or visitation case, the Court sends them to meet with the Family Court Services (FCS) department of the Court. Attorneys are not permitted to participate in the Family Court Services mediation. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement regarding child custody and visitation issues, the FCS mediator will make a written recommendation to the judge.

Judges often rely heavily on the recommendations of the FCS mediator. Therefore, it is very important that you are well-prepared for the mediation. We can help you eliminate the risk of having an unfavorable report because of nervousness or because you are unprepared.

The lead lawyer in our mediation practice, Matthew E. Palmer has extensive experience in mediation both in private practice and as a Pro Tem Judge in Vista, California. Mr. Palmer will explain how best to respond during the mediation process to help achieve a satisfactory outcome.

Contact Us to Learn More

For a complimentary consultation with a child custody attorney at Palmer Rodak & Associates, in Oceanside and Del Mar, call 858-356-4568, or contact us online.