What is a Complex Custody Case?


Many custody cases feel complicated to parents, and there are certainly issues they must resolve. Some custody cases, however, have unique circumstances that make them extremely complex. If you are facing this type of custody battle, you need an assertive, experienced lawyer on your side.

At Evans Family Law in Long Beach, our attorneys have the experience you need. Founding attorney Kendall Evans has many years of experience and is also a certified mediator. She understands how to negotiate and she knows when it is time to take a case to trial. You can rely on her litigation experience and her reputation for fighting for her clients’ rights.

It is relatively easy for a custody case to become complex. Make sure you have an attorney who understands the nuances of these cases in California and has the resources to help you.

Common Reasons Custody Becomes Complex

Many factors can cause a custody case to become complex, including:

  • High-conflict personalities
  • Personality disorders and mental illness
  • Anger management issues
  • Substance abuse
  • Domestic violence

When one parent has any of these problems, negotiating may be impossible. In these cases, we may work with mental health practitioners and other professionals as necessary to help facilitate the process while protecting your parental rights.

The Child’s Testimony

Another complicated custody matter is offering preference testimony from the child. There are many misconceptions about this process. People often think that children 14 or older can simply state their preference and that is the end of the case, but this is not true. While they may testify, it is not the only factor the judge will consider in determining custody and parenting time.

Having a child testify in a custody case is stressful for everyone involved, especially the child. If you are considering this option, speak with an attorney to learn whether it is the right decision for you and your child.

I hired Ms. Evans to represent me in my custody case. Ms. Evans was nothing short of an angel sent down to help me retain my amazing relationship with my baby girl. Ms. Evans is an absolute professional, and she is assertive with a soft touch. It is instantly clear from meeting her that she puts the children of the case first. Ms Evans helped me get what is fair and I now enjoy my daughter 50% of the time. I would definitely recommend Ms. Evans to anyone involved in a custody case. As I raise my daughter I will forever be grateful to Ms. Evans for helping me keep my beautiful daughter in my life.

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