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Child Custody

San Fernando Valley Child Custody Attorneys

Serving Woodland Hills & Beyond

Those dealing with family law cases involving children face a number of unique legal challenges. From determining custody to agreeing to a monthly child support amount, parents often find themselves battling with exes over the details.

In order to achieve a fair result in the best interest of the children, it is important to have the legal guidance of a professional San Fernando Valley child custody attorney. At Kraft Miles, A Law Corporation, we help parents navigate these sometimes murky waters to seek a favorable outcome for all involved — especially the children.

Our firm is based in Woodland Hills and serves the entire San Fernando Valley. Reach out to us at (818) 462-5076 to discuss your child custody case with our team.

How Do I File for Custody and Visitation in California?

Father with custody of his childrenThe most pressing issues, of course, are those of the child custody agreement and visitation rights. It is common for parents to seek the help of an attorney to help them make a strong case for themselves and their child. At Kraft Miles, A Law Corporation, we help divorcing families manage these difficult decisions every day.

If you’re involved in a particularly contentious divorce, you might be tempted to take drastic or even vengeful action due to some perceived injustice. However, any such childish or rash decisions could affect the outcome of any future custody or visitation agreements.

Judges generally look for responsible behavior in the parents and consider whether the parent is acting in the best interest of the child. Without the advice and support of a good family lawyer, you may find yourself holding the short end of the stick in court.

We try, whenever possible, to help our clients reach a negotiated settlement. When agreement is out of the question for whatever reason, we are prepared to advocate aggressively on behalf of our clients and, most importantly, on behalf of the child.

Understanding Child Custody Law

When it comes to child custody cases, divorcing parents face a tangled web of legal options. To make an informed decision, each party should know the choices they face and the legal standards that apply to each option. At stake are questions relating to the child’s health, education, and welfare.

Whoever has custody of the child has the right and responsibility to make important decisions about the child’s life, such as:

  • Where the child will live
  • What school the child will attend
  • What type of medical and mental health care the child will receive
  • What religious institutions the child will join
  • What extracurricular activities the child will participate in
  • Whether the child will travel

In some cases, one parent will make all the decisions. In other cases, both parents take part in the decision-making process.

That’s because custody settlements fall into two general categories:

  • Sole custody, in which one parent has the right and responsibility to care for the child
  • Joint custody, in which parents share the rights and responsibilities

How Is Custody Determined in CA?

Many disputes are handled amicably, without the need for either party to obtain a court order. Either on their own or with the help of attorneys, both parents come to an agreement regarding custody of their child. This often takes place within the normal divorce proceedings.

Other cases take longer to resolve. There may be disagreements about whether sole or joint custody is preferable, who gets custody, how to divide the custody arrangement, and under what conditions visitation is allowed.

When deciding a custody issue, your attorney and the court may ask:

  • What is in the best interest of the child?
  • What kind of activities does each parent participate in with the child?
  • How much time does each parent spend with the child?
  • If the child is of sufficient maturity, what are the child’s wishes?
  • Has there ever been a history of domestic violence or drug abuse?

These and other factors will influence a lawyer’s approach to the case and the court’s ultimate decision. If the court does grant one parent custody, or if the divorcing couple agrees on sole custody, our San Fernando Valley child support attorneys can help them reach an agreement on child support payments. Joy Kraft Miles is a family law certified specialist and has years of experience guiding clients through even the most complex family law matters.

Contact us for a free initial consultation today. Call (818) 462-5076.

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WHAT DO OUR CLIENTS
HAVE TO SAY?

  • She handles each matter with care

    “I am a family lawyer. I regularly refer matters to Joy with confidence. She handles each matter with care. Joy is always looking for ways to improve her practice”

    Peter W.

  • Joy has been a beacon of strength and competence during my multiple suits from my ex, and always keeps in mind what is in the children's best interests.

    “Joy has been my attorney for over two years. She's the third attorney I hired for my high-conflict, post-judgment divorce issues with my ex-husband who happens to be the head of his own law firm. Joy is very calm and reasonable and honest. She will tell you what is and is not worth fighting. She will make sure you're not fighting a losing battle or one you have no chance of winning. She'll give her spot on opinions about going to court vs. settling vs. mediation. In the face of nasty letters from my ex and his counsel, she stays cool and responds rationally, diffusing the situation. She keeps me up to date on communications between the parties and is easily available by phone or email during business hours. She is very responsive and will let me know when I'm wasting money on a matter. (I should add that he is the one constantly suing me, not me suing him.) Joy has been a beacon of strength and competence during my multiple suits from my ex, and always keeps in mind what is in the children's best interests. I highly recommend Joy for any divorce issues you may have. I have referred several friends to her and everyone has been happy with their results.”

    Former Client

  • She gave me valuable guidance to leverage in my case.

    “Ms. Kraft-Miles took my first call immediately and spent quality time with me during my consultation. She spoke from deep experience, knowing how the judge might respond to my case. She gave me valuable guidance to leverage in my case and was truthful about my chances of winning and did not avoid any potential challenges. She was honest and did not mislead me with any of her advice. I recommend her highly!! Thanks, Ms. Kraft-Miles!”

    Ralph

  • Attorney Joy Kraft Miles's character and professionalism are above reproach.

    “I am a baby boomer who found himself in a legal battle for my children (infant twins). There were many issues that weighed against me getting custody of my children.

    1. My age vs. the mother's age.
    2. The fact that I live on the east coast.
    3. There were paternity issues.
    4. A lot of accusations made against me which were not true.
    5. A move away order to another country.

    Just to name a few.

    I felt overwhelmed and lost for 8 months and did not know if I was going to be able to get my children or ever see them again. Through it all, Attorney Joy Kraft Miles and her team stayed the course and amassed all of the documentation to prove that the truth was not being told by the mother. They presented a defense that was structured and exact. While opposing counsel was not as prepared. Their hard work paid off, I now have custody of my children. Opposing counsel also was asking for an ungodly amount of money, they wanted me to pay for her legal fees. That was also taken off the table because of the amount of work and fact-finding by Attorney Joy Kraft Miles and her firm. The entire firm from her Mother on down makes you feel like family, which I have to tell you made this a lot easier for me. Attorney Joy Kraft Miles's character and professionalism are above reproach. If you ever find yourself up against a wall and you don't know where to turn look no further than Attorney Joy Kraft Miles.

    Samuel

  • I would highly recommend Joy and Kraft Miles, A Law Corporation.

    “As soon as I went in for my consultation with Joy, I knew I didn't need to go meet with anyone else. She was professional and very understanding of my situation. Her prices were reasonable and I couldn't have asked for Joy and her team to represent me any better. They were on top of any correspondence I sent, answered all of my questions and concerns. Joy also "talked me off the ledge" sometimes making me see reason, thereby saving me money. I would highly recommend Joy and Kraft Miles, A Law Corporation”

    Julie S.

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