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Why You Need a Child Custody Attorney

Michael L. Bury can provide representation as a child custody attorney in Chico, CA, to minimize the stress and hassle of child-related legal matters. Issues of child custody and guardianship are complex and delicate and require the skill and compassion of an experienced attorney. Mr. Bury offers attentive and individualized service to his clients, adopting a compassionate, yet neutral approach to achieve the best possible outcome. If you are facing a child custody dispute, contact Michael L. Bury, Attorney at Law today.

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Determining child custody can be an emotionally charged process, but it is always better to do what is in the best interest of the child. 

Child Custody in California

Child custody laws vary slightly from state to state. In the state of California, there are two primary types of custody: legal and physical. Mr. Bury can help you understand the difference between the two and fight for the option that is in the best interest of your child.

Legal Custody

A parent (or grandparent) with legal custody has the authority to make all decisions regarding a child’s well-being. This can include decisions regarding education, religion, and health care. In most cases, courts assign joint legal custody, meaning the parents must cooperate to make these decisions. In some cases, the courts may find one parent incapable of making such important decisions and award sole legal custody to one parent.

Physical Custody

Physical custody is the time each parent spends with the child. Under most circumstances, courts find it best to assign joint physical custody, even if one parent has sole legal custody. Joint physical custody does not always mean the child splits his or her time evenly between parents. In many cases, physical custody may go to the parent who can ensure the least amount of disruption to the child's schedule. In cases like this, the child may spend most of his or her time with one parent and every other weekend with the other parent.

Child custody and guardianship disputes are emotionally charged issues that can have devastating results. Therefore, it is critical to work with an attorney like Michael Bury who has represented a number of clients in this particular area of family law.

Representation for Minors

Mr. Bury can also represent minors. Although parents cannot hire him to represent their child, he is often appointed by the court. He has been a member of the Minor's Counsel Panel in Butte County for over 20 years and has handled a large number of cases involving minors.

Temporary Guardianship

Mr. Bury also offers representation and counsel for cases involving guardianship. He can represent either side in this complex process. He can help secure an award of temporary guardianship to a grandparent, for example, if a parent needs substance abuse treatment. Alternatively, he can help a parent succeed in terminating temporary guardianship after he or she has received the treatment they need.

In California, if a guardianship lasts more than two years, the courts often urge temporary guardians to seek adoption. This can make terminating guardianship more difficult. Michael Bury helps to educate clients on the benefits and consequences of assigning and terminating temporary guardianship. The primary goal is always to choose the option that most benefits the child.

Work with a Child Custody Attorney

Child custody and guardianship disputes are emotionally charged issues that can have devastating results. Therefore, it is critical to work with an attorney like Michael Bury who has represented a number of clients in this particular area of family law. Call our office at (530) 343-7800 or contact us online today to book a consultation and discuss your case.

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2639 Forest Ave
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Chico, CA 95928

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Chico Office

2639 Forest Ave
Ste 130
Chico, CA 95928

Open Today 8:00am - 5:00pm

Closed daily from 12:00pm - 1:00pm

More Info Directions (530) 343-7800