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Legal Custody Attorney in Pasadena

Legal Custody in Divorce Cases

The Law Offices of Makupson & Howard has collectively nearly 50 years of experience in family law. We have successfully helped many individuals with their divorce cases reach custody agreements with their spouses. Our firm has also provided aggressive and skilled representation in complex custody situations. A Pasadena family law attorney from our firm should be contacted if you are getting a divorce and have questions about custody.

When parents divorce and are unable to come to an agreement regarding the custody of their child, the court will intervene to determine which parent will receive physical and/or legal custody. Legal custody gives a parent the right to make decisions regarding the care and rearing of their child. When a spouse is awarded sole legal custody, they have the right to make exclusive decisions regarding the child's welfare. When joint custody is awarded, both parents participate in making decisions. Most courts in this state will give joint legal custody to divorcing parents unless it is in some way detrimental to the child.

Pasadena Legal Custody Lawyer

Legal custody can be an extremely important issue. It grants a parent the right to determine:

  • Where a child goes to school
  • The child's after-school activities
  • How health care issues will be address
  • What religion the child will be brought up in

A parent may be denied legal custody if there is any history of child abuse, or the parent has a drug or alcohol problem. Once the court issues a custody order, in can difficult to modify unless the circumstances at the time of the order have significantly changed.

You need to team up with the best child custody lawyer in Pasadena to fight for the results that you need and want. We know the emotional toll a divorce can take, particularly when children are involved. Our firm can guide you through the custody process and help ensure your interests are capably represented.

Contact a Pasadena Legal Custody Lawyer from our firm if you are getting a divorce and have questions about child custody.

Client Testimonials

  • “I highly recommend this firm to anybody looking for a divorce attorney.”

    Gina E.

  • “Listen to her, she knows what she is doing and will give you the best plan moving forward!”


  • “I'm giving them 5 stars because they work from a place of integrity and extreme diligence”


  • “I highly recommend Ms. Howard.”

    Felicia S.

  • “Makupson & Howard feels like a family firm (as it is), but the attorneys and their staff work to make their clients feel like family, too.”


  • “Having her as an attorney allowed my stress level to drop down tremendously!”


  • “She was able to get me what I needed from the divorce.”

    J. C.

  • “Kristen explained everything to me and advised me in what was Best for ME!”


  • “I thought he would be steamrolled in court, but he was calm, collected, and confident.”


  • “At our court hearing Kristen conducted herself with such confidence and poise, and ultimately helped secure a favorable arrangement for our family.”


  • “I am so happy with Kraig and the whole team at Makupson and Howard for they are great representation in this arduous and stressful thing that is family law.”