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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?

  • I worked with both Leslie and Marcia and was very impressed with their thoroughness and attention to detail.

    “These attorneys are easy to work with, and definitely have the best interests of their clients at the forefront of their practice!”

    Ashley

  • 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

  • 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

  • Five stars doesn't do justice, Joy deserves 10 out of 5!

    “Joy is professional, caring, and will go out of her way to make sure her clients are represented.”

    Ran

  • They have been a pleasure to work with and I will always recommend them to anyone going through this process.

    “Joy and her team provided exceptional care to me and my case. As a young mother with a son under the age of 1 getting a divorce I was nervous and didn't know what to expect going in. In the end, I was left feeling happy and most importantly safe about the custody agreement that was negotiated and settled on. Joy was professional, caring, detailed, and went above and beyond even answering my questions or emails after hours of the firm. Her team continuously followed up with me regarding my concerns. They have been a pleasure to work with and I will always recommend them to anyone going through this process.”

    Kylie E.

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