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Calabasas

Calabasas Family Law and Divorce Attorney

Transition into divorce is always a difficult time. There are emotional aspects to manage, and there are fears of what happens next. If you are taking this step, you need a law firm that can help provide peace of mind during this trying time.

Kraft Miles, A Law Corporation is a Calabasas family law firm with over 60 years of experience. We are led by Ms. Joy Kraft Miles, a board-certified specialist. She has extensive experience in handling complex divorce issues. Under her leadership, our team can assist with your needs. Let us handle your legal concerns, allowing you to handle moving forward with your life.

For family law representation in Calabasas, trust Kraft Miles, A Law Corporation. You can call us today at (818) 462-5076 for a consultation.

Property Division

In California, courts attempt to split marital property equally among the spouses. Technically, any property purchased during the marriage is considered martial property, and the spouses share its value.

Splitting property among people 50/50 is no easy process. Courts must determine which assets need to be retained and used. For example, someone will likely need to use the family car for work, and someone could be entitled to the home. Physical property such as this creates problems in an equal property division. One person may need to pay the other half the value of the item, or other physical property could be exchanged.

Our team can handle such complex asset divisions. We can help you argue your entitlement to property. For instance, you may need the home to help raise the children as the custodial parent. Perhaps there are no children in the marriage, but you have substantially more equity due to an inheritance or gift. This could grant you entitlement. We can help show the courts that you should keep the physical property, and we can help negotiate other assets to ensure an equal split of property value among spouses.

Child Custody

Courts consider the best interest of the child when awarding custody. Legal custody has to do with decision-making as it pertains to the child’s health, education and welfare. Absent child abuse, domestic violence, drug use, and alcohol abuse, courts are likely to award joint legal custody, which means the parties must discuss and consent in making choices about school, medical care, and participation in extracurricular activities. Physical custody refers to where the children live. California uses a percentage system to describe the parenting plan or visitation timeshare. For example, all weekends plus holidays equals a 33% timeshare, whereas alternating weekends plus holidays is 20%. A 50/50 split is nearly impossible when the parents live far away from each other and they do not each have easy access to the child’s school, healthcare providers, extracurricular activities, and so on. If you believe that a 50% custody split is possible and best for the kids, we can help you with the complex negotiations involved.

Custody decisions go far beyond a parent’s emotions. Courts want proof of what is best for the child, and the child’s needs are considered first. Often, decisions are made on a purely practical basis. Kraft Miles, A Law Corporation understands your need to be with your children. We can help demonstrate to the court how having more time with you is objectively better for the child’s welfare.

Many people still operate under the assumption that fathers inherently have fewer rights than mothers. These days, that is simply not the case. Mothers cannot block fathers from their rights to visitation, making decisions about the child’s well-being, and so on. If you’re a father who needs help getting access to your children, we can help. Blocking your access is illegal, and we can help hold parents responsible to the court.

Mediation

Divorce doesn’t have to be a battle, and you can make agreements among yourselves. If you want to avoid court, consider mediation instead.

You can trust our skilled family attorneys to help mediate your negotiations. Our legal professionals can work for both of you, keeping fairness at the center of the conversation. We will act as a neutral third party, meeting with both of you, either together or separately, to discuss your needs. Utilizing specialized training, we can help keep communication open, allowing both parties to express themselves and hear one another. If discussions become tense, we can help keep everyone cool and reasonable.

Through mediation, you are empowered in your divorce. You won’t worry about being forced into any actions because you decide and consent. The process saves you time. Instead of meeting regularly with your attorneys, discussing strategies that play out in court, you attend a handful of meetings. Saving time saves you money, avoiding expensive legal fees. Mediation can also preserve your privacy, as agreements are made behind closed doors instead of in court. In the best-case scenarios, you and your former spouse can part as friends, having worked on one last project together. Kraft Miles, A Law Corporation suggests a joint consultation, with both parties, so we can be unbiased from the inception of the case and continuing the end.

Our Practice Can Help You With

  • Legal Separation
  • Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships
  • Child Support
  • Restraining Orders
  • Paternity
  • Father’s Rights
  • QDROs
  • Prenuptial or Premarital Agreements
  • And more!

Whatever your family law needs in Calabasas, you can rely on Kraft Miles, A Law Corporation to help. We care about our clients, and we will work hard to help keep you at peace during this difficult time. You can contact us online, or call us at (818) 462-5076.

  • Avvo Clients Choice 2021
  • Super Lawyer 2021
  • ACFLS 2021
  • California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Enterprise 2020
  • Avvo Badge
  • LACBA
  • SF Valley Bar
  • Valley Community Legal
  • SVBA Trustee

WHAT DO OUR CLIENTS
HAVE TO SAY?

  • I thank God I made the decision to hire our attorney Joy Kraft Miles and her terrific staff!

    “We were in family court today with the uncooperative respondent and his attorney. My attorney and I tried to get them to come to an agreement, rather than have the judge make the decision for us. They refused. Our attorney advised them the judge would not look favorably on their request and that if the judge made the decision it would favor us. They were uncooperative and our attorney presented our case. The judge granted all our motions as presented by our attorney!! Tomorrow we will get to see the kids which we have not seen for over a year and a half!!! I thank God I made the decision to hire our attorney Joy Kraft Miles and her terrific staff! I would urge anyone that needs a “bulldog” staff that will fight for you - — I recommend Joy and her staff.”

    Felix

  • When working with Joy, I never felt rushed or like I was just another client.

    “She took the time to explain things so I could understand what was going on at all times between her and my ex-husband's attorney.”

    Tracy

  • Words can't express how thankful I am to have found this Law Firm.

    “My review is long overdue!

    I met Joy Kraft Miles around July 2019. I had a prior attorney who did not help me one bit and I needed an attorney to represent me for my next hearing that was coming up quickly so I yelped Family Law Attorney's near me and came across this Law Firm.

    While Joy was reviewing the documents submitted in my case, she was very professional yet caring and extremely helpful. I knew instantly I was going to find the light at the end of the tunnel. Not to mention the very reasonable price for the quality of work they provide!

    I ended up being represented by Leyla Zerehi, another Attorney in the Law firm and I'm so thankful for her. She's very knowledgeable, professional and very nice. She truly does what's right and I felt taken care of as far as my wants and needs for a high conflict custody battle and keeping me in the loop of things. I never felt alone, I knew Leyla was taking care of things for me.

    Words can't express how thankful I am to have found this Law Firm. I hope I never need Family Law services again, but if I ever do, I know exactly who to call! I've even recently referred my cousin to Leyla and I would definitely recommend anyone to contact them because they will definitely help you solve your problem.”

    Monica S.

  • Joy was my lawyer and did a great job in helping me with all my needs.

    “I needed an employee handbook done for my business and found Kraft Miles online. Joy was my lawyer and did a great job in helping me with all my needs.”

    Sky

  • This attorney is rare and I can promise you she is a 1 out of 100 type lawyer.

    “After having lost twice, I saw no hope in sight. I just wanted to be around my son more. I came to Kraft Miles with just my courage and she immediately gave me hope. My ex hired an extremely strong attorney. I'd gone through one attorney that sucked and tried to represent myself on the 2nd time around, only to be taken for a ride by my ex's attorney. Ms. Kraft Miles came in and turned it around. She won my case and got me almost a month of extra vacation time a year with my son. She is uber-confident and knowledgeable. Best litigator by far and to make things better she cares about her clients and strives to have you walking away happy. This attorney is rare and I can promise you she is a 1 out of 100 type lawyer.”

    Oscar A.

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