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What Places You At Risk of Losing Child Custody in California?

Family law in California is a tangled mess of complex codes and regulations, something that is especially apparent to those who are locked in a legal battle involving child custody and child support. While most people can’t be expected to know California family law like the back of their hand, it is in your best interest to familiarize yourself with a few key areas, especially when talking about child custody.

We at Fenchel Family Law understand that child custody and child support are delicate matters that carry long-lasting consequences, which is why we decided to present this information. This post covers a few major reasons that could lead to loss of child custody in California. Remember, you can always reach out to us for more specific guidance.

Child Neglect

A primary reason that causes parents to lose custody of their children is, not surprisingly, neglect. California defines child neglect as inaction that leads to the neglect of a child’s essential needs, including being properly fed and clothed, etc. Anyone tasked with looking after the well-being of a child, including older relatives, can be accused of committing child neglect. This in turn can lead to the loss of custody.

Alienation of the Other Parent

This might come as a surprise to many, but in California, actively alienating a child from his/her parent warrants the other parent to initiate legal action in response to this alienation. It is worth noting that effectively proving alienation is not always a simple task, which is where the assistance of a family law attorney comes into play.

Fake Allegations Involving Child Abuse

Any type of fake allegation is heavily frowned upon in California, and the family courts will not hesitate to take action if any false accusations of child neglect or abuse come to light, either during the initial legal stand-off or after custody arrangements have been sorted out. Anyone who is found guilty of making false allegations of any kind is at risk of losing custody of their child.

Have any other questions about family law in California? We invite you to reach out to us at Fenchel Family Law to schedule a free initial consultation at your earliest convenience.