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Child Custody

San Fernando Valley Child Custody Attorney

Serving Woodland Hills & Beyond San Fernando Valley, CA

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 lawyer. At Kraft Miles, A Law Corporation, our family law lawyers help parents navigate these sometimes murky waters to seek a favorable outcome for all involved — especially the children.

Our law 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 a San Fernando Valley family law attorney to help them make a strong custody case for themselves and their child. At Kraft Miles, A Law Corporation, our divorce lawyers 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, our lawyers 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 custody 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 divorce attorneys, both parents come to an agreement regarding custody of their child. This often takes place within the normal divorce proceedings.

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

When deciding a child custody issue, your family law 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 divorce 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 legal experience guiding clients through even the most complex family law matters.

Contact us for an initial consultation today. Call our firm at (818) 462-5076.

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  • Joy answered all the questions we needed to ask.

    “Joy answered all the questions we needed to ask. She was professional and patient when we asked follow up questions.”

    Douglas

  • To say that Joy Kraft-Miles is an expert is an understatement.

    “Divorce is not an experience that you look forward to. It's also messy and very stressful because of the emotions and people involved. For me, hiring a lawyer was a necessity not because I wanted to penalize my ex, but because I wanted an expert that would help me navigate the cumbersome process. To say that Joy Kraft-Miles is an expert is an understatement. She is a consummate professional with a solid reputation at the Chatsworth Courthouse. Initially, I tried to tackle the process myself by going to the self-help center and filling out the documents on my own. This turned out to be overwhelming. She took my case even though I had a pending DV case. I spoke with four lawyers prior to Joy who would not take my case because of the DV. She whipped through my paperwork in one meeting and told me my case could be brought to resolution with my help. I listened to her advice, asked millions of questions and continuously asked her and her legal secretary Marcos to clarify terms, rulings, and paperwork when I did not understand what was going on. I trusted Joy from the first meeting. I think that is really important; to trust the person that you are working with. She was exceptional to work with under the circumstances. I highly recommend Joy as she has the highest integrity and is very professional.”

    Lisa

  • Honest with their advice, attentive and very helpful throughout a very difficult time

    “My experience with Kraft Miles A Law Corporation was positive from the first moment I had my 30 minute consultation with Joy and Leyla. Joy Miles and Leyla Zerehi were honest with their advice, attentive and very helpful throughout a very difficult time. I hired them last minute (a week before my scheduled court date). Attorney Leyla Zerehi was with me every step of the way and fought for my 2 sons and my protection. I am very thankful and relieved. The retainer fee is well worth it if you want professionalism and someone who cares by your side in a courtroom. I would definitely hire again.”

    Edita

  • She was a kind listener when I was at my lowest and she even cracked a few jokes to make me laugh!

    “Going through a lawsuit sucks--especially divorce--but Marcia, and her staff, were in my corner the entire time and that helped me get through it.”

    Jems

  • 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

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