Custody disputes are often tricky because at the end of the day, most people want what’s best for the child. This goes for the family court officials as well – their goal is to ensure that a child is safe, cared for, and able to have a healthy relationship with both parents.
This can place anyone with a criminal record at a serious disadvantage when it comes to CA family law. The fact is, depending on the nature of the crime and severity of the conviction, a criminal history could keep you from being a parent to your child.
For today’s post, we’re offering a quick discussion on what this means for divorced parents with a criminal record in CA.
Severity and Recency of Crime Are Relevant Factors in Custody / Visitation Matters
There are two the courts will ask when looking at your criminal history: how recently was your last crime, and how severe was it? One-time offenses that you may have committed years ago don’t usually influence custody or visitation rights, but multiple charges for the same type of offense or a very recent charge/conviction are red flags.
Likewise, shoplifting and a DUI or two may not factor too heavily against you. However, repeat offenses and violent crimes will almost always place your ability to parent in question. Remember, the family law courts need to ensure that your child is safe and looked after. If they believe you could place his/her well-being in jeopardy, they might take actions that limit your access.
Rely on a Skilled Attorney to Preserve your Parental Rights in California
Regardless of your past, everyone deserves a chance to be a parent. At the Law Offices of James P. White, we take the time to learn about your situation in order to draft and implement a strategy that can help preserve your rights as a parent.
Call us at 925-271-0999 today to connect with our skilled CA family law attorneys. We can help you explore your options when it comes to child custody or visitation issues, and any other relating to family law in CA.