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Caring and Compassionate Mission Viejo Child Custody Lawyers

Since its establishment in 1977, our family law practice has exclusively focused on addressing the family law needs of Orange County, expanding our reach to the residents of Mission Viejo since 1988. Renowned for our dedication to excellence and compassionate advocacy, we have cemented our status as the premier choice for family law services in Orange County. Our firm is powered by a robust team of 19 expert family law attorneys, collectively harnessing nearly 300 years of specialized legal experience to advocate for our clients in Mission Viejo effectively.

Our enduring commitment to our clients has earned us an unrivaled reputation among peers, judicial officers, and the community, making us a beacon of reliability and success in legal circles.

Choosing the Right Family Law Attorney

Selecting a family law attorney is a decision that holds considerable weight in shaping your future. We encourage you not to simply accept a referral to a family law attorney to represent you in your child custody matter without conducting your own thorough research. Compare our credentials and client testimonials with others. Understand that the best attorney for you is one that aligns with your case needs and personal objectives.

If results matter, you owe it to your family and yourself to do your due diligence and make certain that you hire the “right” child custody lawyer. Everyone has a story to tell. It matters who tells your story.

When you select a family law attorney you are also hiring the person who you should be able to see as your trusted advisor during this challenging event.

Our Commitment to Our Mission Viejo Clients

Navigating child custody matters is undeniably challenging and emotionally taxing. Our primary goal is to transition you from being a client to a former client. We are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of legal representation and personalized care. Each client’s child custody situation is unique, and we tailor our strategies to align with the specific needs of your case with a sense of urgency.

Our Child Custody Practice

We prioritize your concerns about your children, striving to secure custody and visitation arrangements that reflect the best interests of your children and align with your goals and objectives.

Child custody matters are second to none in priority for our Mission Viejo clients. Few, if any areas of litigation, rise to the level of emotion or importance as do child custody matters. The lawyer you retain should make your matter a priority or you have hired the wrong lawyer.  You can make a huge difference in the outcome of the case by being a responsive and detailed partner by accurately relating to your lawyer all the facts. If you don’t tell your lawyer all the facts, they won’t know them. Not telling your lawyer a bad fact, does not make it disappear. Share with your lawyer the good, the bad and the ugly so they can be prepared to address all issues in your child custody matter.

Judges are inclined to make 50/50 child custody orders, but that is not to say that all cases end up with equal time sharing. To obtain a child custody order with more than a 50% timeshare, the court must have facts to justify deviating from the equal sharing mandate. This means that the court has to have the facts that make it clear that a 5050 order would not be in a child’s best interests. This evidence can take the form of many different scenarios. Often this evidence relates to issues like poor parenting practices, poor judgment, irresponsibility, conduct where a child’s safety at risk, and/or alienating or gate keeping conduct.

Judges look to make orders that allow children to benefit from the positive attributes of both parents. Courts believe that children need to spend considerable time with both parents and experience the love and affection of each parent. However, if one parent’s conduct is significantly detrimental to the child, that conduct may offset the court’s plan to make an equal time-sharing order. Your child custody story has to be told and it matters who tells your story to the judge.

Why Choose Us?

  • Experience and Expertise: With an extensive track record of handling thousands of child custody cases in the last 47 years, our family law attorneys bring profound expertise and dedication to each case.
  • Reputation and Respect: Our firm’s integrity and commitment to excellence has earned us immense respect in the legal community and among our clients in Mission Viejo.
  • Personalized Attention: We provide compassionate and individualized attention, ensuring you are supported and informed every step of the way.
  • Community Focus: Deeply embedded in Orange County and limiting our practice to family law matters filed in Orange County, we are intimately familiar with the Orange County courts, local rules and local practices.

Contact Our Mission Viejo Child Custody Attorneys

If you’re facing a family law challenge, you don’t have to face it alone. Let our trusted team of child custody advocates guide you with professionalism and care. Choose the child custody law firm that Mission Viejo Trusts – Minyard Morris.

Call us today at 949-724-1111 or send us an email to schedule your initial consultation and begin your journey to resolution with confidence and peace of mind.


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