Child Custody

Temecula Child Custody Lawyer

Compassionate and Experienced Attorney for Custody Disputes in Temecula, CA

However civil or contested your child custody case is, you need the input and guidance of a knowledgeable Temecula child custody attorney. The Law Offices of Michael D. Iverson, APC is solidly in your corner during custody negotiations and for litigation in court if needed. Our founding attorney uses his over a decade of experience as an accomplished family lawyer to advance your goals.

If you are involved in a child custody dispute in Temecula, it is highly recommended that you seek legal counsel from an experienced family law attorney. Our Temecula child custody attorney at Law Offices of Michael D. Iverson, APC can help protect your rights and ensure that your interests are taken into consideration. We will be able to guide you through the difficult, legally complex proceedings of a child custody dispute, helping to ensure the best possible outcome for both parties.

As an experienced Temecula child custody lawyer, Attorney Michael D. Iverson is familiar with the local laws, procedures, and court system. This means he can advise you on the right approach to take in your case so that your desired outcome is achieved. Furthermore, he can represent you in court proceedings and handle any paperwork required throughout the process. Our legal team will also work with opposing counsel to reach a fair resolution without having to resort to costly litigation if at all possible. With our experienced attorney on your side, you can rest assured that your rights and interests will be given utmost priority as your case moves forward.

You don't have to face your custody dispute alone. Contact our Temecula child custody attorney at (951) 418-2770 or fill out our online form today to begin discussing your case in a consultation. 

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How is Custody Determined in the Temecula Family Courts?

A court determines custody by evaluating both parents and factors that would or would not be in the child’s best interests.

The following factors help determine custody:

  • Substance abuse
  • Criminal history
  • History of domestic violence
  • Child’s preference
  • Parent’s willingness to encourage a relationship with the other parent
  • Child/parent relationship before the divorce
  • Parent’s living situation
  • Stability

Can I Obtain Full Custody as a Father?

Fathers must first establish their paternity. Fathers can do this either by:

  • Signing the child's birth certificate after the child is born
  • Formally declaring paternity
  • The father may obtain a court order to legally recognize his paternity

When deciding on custody, the judge will look closely at the relationship between the child and the father. This is one factor that can determine how well the father can assist in the child's growth and development, or what would be in the "best interests of the child."

Physical Custody vs. Legal Custody

In California, there are two main types of custody: legal custody and physical custody. Every family’s case will be different. If one parent has had a history of alcoholism, for example, this may discount their eligibility to receive physical custody of the child. Or, there may be a cause where both parents have legal custody, but only one parent may have sole physical custody.

Here are the distinctions between the different forms of custody:

  • Legal Custody
    • The parent has the legal right to make decisions on behalf of the child, such as education or health and medical needs.
  • Physical Custody
    • The child lives with this parent.
  • Sole Custody
    • In this situation, only one parent has legal and physical custody of the child. The other parent may have visitation, but does not have the right to make any major decisions for the child.
  • Joint Legal Custody
    • Each parent can legally make decisions for the child.
  • Joint Physical Custody
    • The child lives with one parent for a certain amount of time, and then lives with the other for a set amount of time. For example, the child may spend time at one parent’s house for a week and then move to the other parent’s house on another week.

If you have any questions about settling your custody matter in Temecula, please do not hesitate to contact us at Law Offices of Michael D. Iverson, APC. We truly care about protecting family and your children's well-being.

Why Hire Our Temecula Child Custody Lawyer?

  • You Will Get Individualized Attention 
    All representation is based on the unique goals of each client.
  • Efficiency & Effectiveness 
    We're committed to resolving each case as quickly and effectively as possible.
  • We Build Lasting Relationships 
    We focus on building relationships established on trust.
  • We Promise Excellent Communication 
    All consultations are confidential, and we keep you updated throughout your case.

Contact an Experienced Temecula Child Custody Attorney from Our Firm Today

Our firm’s commitment to "the best interests of the child" is reflected in every quality legal service we deliver. Michael D. Iverson can handle any situation that erupts from a custody dispute. His wealth of knowledge and focused leadership are assets that get results when custody rights are debated; when availability for parenting time becomes a sticking point; and when changes must be made to child care considerations as a son or daughter grows older.

Begin discussing your custody case with our Temecula child custody attorney today by contacting us online or calling us at (951) 418-2770 for a consultation.


At the Law Offices of Michael D. Iverson, the founder of our respected law firm brings many years of successful service, legal knowledge, and client focus to a shared belief in your goals.

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