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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

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.

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

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  • I think they offer the best value in LA area.

    “I only have great things to say about the professional services I received at Kraft Miles, A Law Corporation and especially from Joy Kraft Miles! They always went the extra miles for my case, they were flexible with payment plans, picked up the phone or returned calls promptly when I called, and I really felt they had my back during my nasty divorce. They were there and knowledgeable to defend me in court. Joy is smart, energetic, resourceful and skillful at negotiating the terms. I think they offer the best value in LA area. You get results and their cost is reasonable. I highly recommend them to anyone.”

    Marie-France

  • Super knowledgeable and actually cares about her clients.

    “Joy and her staff have been a pleasure to work with. Super knowledgeable and actually cares about her clients. This is not a place where you meet one lawyer and another one who knows nothing about your case shows up the day of your hearing. Costs were reasonable and I did not feel like they nickel and dimed but only charged for actual work done. Thanks!”

    Michael

  • In my view, they performed a miracle in three hours.

    “You have our sincerest thanks, and Ms. Miles and Mr. Star, who did the best job, possibly, of any mediators I have ever appeared in front of. When I drove away from my home this morning, I had no hope whatsoever this case would come anywhere close to settling. In my view, they performed a miracle in three hours.”

    Michael

  • 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

  • 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”

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