Thousand Oaks Child Custody Lawyer

Dedicated to Meeting the Legal Needs of Each Client

At the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff, we provide knowledgeable legal services to clients in California. Our Thousand Oaks child custody attorney has more than 35 years of experience and can guide you through the process. Whatever your situation, we can analyze your options and determine an effective legal strategy. Call us today at (805) 633-4999 to discuss your child custody options with our compassionate lawyer.

Child Custody Laws in California

In California, there are 2 types of child custody: physical and legal. Physical custody refers to where the child will reside, and it can be joint (time is split fairly evenly between each parent), or sole and primary (the child lives with one parent while the other parent may only visit). Legal custody can also be joint or sole, and allows the parents to make decisions regarding the child’s education, religious training, healthcare, extracurricular activities, and other factors.

Child custody orders in California are based on the child’s best interests. Courts will consider:

  • The age and sex of the child
  • The emotional relationship of the child with both parents
  • The child’s ties to community and school
  • The health of the child
  • The ability of each parent to care for the child
  • Any history of domestic violence or substance abuse

The parent who spends less time with the child will be able to seek visitation rights (also known as “time-share”). This may involve a visitation schedule ordered by the court, reasonable visitation that is determined by both parents, or supervised visitation, if deemed necessary. However, if visitation will threaten the physical or emotional health of the child, it will be denied.

Seek a Favorable Outcome with the Help of Our Attorney

The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff guides clients through the California family court system. If you are seeking custody of your child, we can discuss your options and provide personal representation. Whether your case is settled through mediation or goes to trial, our Thousand Oaks child custody lawyer can stand by your side every step of the way.

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