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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.

Custody & Visitation

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

Determining Custody

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.

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

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  • Joy was great she definitely knows how to settle cases.

    “Joy was great she definitely knows how to settle cases. Love working with her.”

    Rocky

  • Bottom line a stellar attorney!

    “She worked well with the other side too--finding creative compromises but firm when she needed to be.”

    Erika

  • Joy made me feel safe through my difficult times

    “Joy and her whole staff were extremely professional and attentive. Divorce isn’t easy and Joy made me feel safe through my difficult times. I highly recommend her.”

    Guylaine

  • I can't thank her and her staff enough for the peace of mind they gave me.

    “Joy Kraft Miles is a kind, warm-hearted professional. Joy's knowledge of the law is more than impressive. I came to her with a heavy heart and the fear of having to go through a custody battle. Joy immediately put me at ease like a warm blanket on a cold day. Her staff was very helpful and accommodating, I never ended a phone call with questions afterward. After 4 months of waiting, we finally went to court and I couldn't be happier with the outcome. Joy really made things go easier than anticipated. I can't thank her and her staff enough for the peace of mind they gave me.”

    Steven

  • I met with Joy and she put my mind at ease.

    “I met with Joy and she put my mind at ease. My biggest concern was my kids and being protected for our future. She guided me in what was to come and advised me that it's going to be a process with everything that myself and my husband had going on. She was willing to work with me and I truly appreciated that. She also let me know that for part of what I was going through, I didn't need a lawyer. She was trying to save me some money. Who does that nowadays? She was very sympathetic to my situation and showed that she really cared. Once my current situation is dealt with I will be going to her to file my divorce.”

    Susan

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