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I Can Help Protect Your Rights as a Father

IChild in Custody with Fathert has long been a commonly held belief that mothers are given full child custody and will receive child support. Unfortunately, this is not always fair to fathers who also possess the same parental rights. Centering the focus on mothers only discounts any consideration that father are also fit to retain custody. In some cases, fathers may be the best and only fit.

If you believe that you are not being given full consideration and your rights as a father are not being recognized, please contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff right away. As a Westlake Village family lawyer, I am here to advocate for your rights.

Understanding the Laws Regarding Fathers’ Rights

For so long, a father’s role was discounted in favor of a mother. However, studies have shown that children benefit immensely from having a father figure in their lives. They perform well in school, have active social lives and relationships with others, and augment a child’s self-confidence and self-esteem immensely. Maintaining this relationship is so critical to a child’s development, which is why I can help continue developing this relationship.

Fathers are entitled to many rights during a divorce, including:

  • The right to be involved and present in a child’s day-to-day lives, including school and extracurricular activities.
  • Have a say in decisions regarding how a child will be raised.
  • Participate in raising and parenting a child.
  • The right to view the child’s medical records and permanent record at school.
  • The right to choose a doctor and dentist, and sign off on medical releases.
  • The right to parent without needing approval from the other parent.
  • The right to discipline the child if and when necessary.

Along with this, all fathers must be held to the same responsibilities of parenthood, including providing for the child financially. These include the rights to child custody, visitation, and even receiving child support. Many factors will go into consideration for child support matters, such as the fitness of each parent and financial capacity. If you have any questions about this or other matters, be sure to contact a Westlake Village family law attorney to learn more about your rights.

Passionate & Dedicated—Call Today!

I know that that this is a time when you need the most support. Fathers’ rights are not rights under the legal system—they are already established and a natural part of being a parent. That is especially why if your rights are being compromised that you have a Thousand Oaks family law attorney who can help you navigate through any complex legal situation. I, Attorney Jeffrey S. Graff, have been helping families in Westlake and the surrounding communities for more than 35 years.

Schedule a free consultation and calling my firm today!

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Happy Clients

  • In a very difficult time in my life, Mr. Graff provided excellent service to me.

    “In a very difficult time in my life, Mr. Graff provided excellent service to me. Patient with my process, he was always prompt to return my calls, and gave me realistic advice. While other lawyers might be evasive in an effort to prolong the process (hence their fees), Mr. Graff was straightforward and eager to conclude the proceedings quickly in an effort to minimize my pain.”

    Melissa

  • His team helped restore hope into our family in a time of uncertainty. That alone make Jeff a fantastic attorney aside from his knowledgeable legal skills.

    “Jeff and his team are by far the best to work with. His staff is kind, courteous, and he is excellent at getting the job done in a timely fashion. He is very straight forward and makes it easy to understand what is going on step by step in your case. His experience and insight into the family law field is excellent. Jeff and his office have helped my family tremendously and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for family law help. If you wants to be sure it is done correct the first time and that your family's best interest are always cared for, he is the guy. His team helped restore hope into our family in a time of uncertainty. That alone make Jeff a fantastic attorney aside from his knowledgeable legal skills.”

    Catherine

  • He understands family dynamics because he has experience working with many different types!

    “Jeff is very kind and always takes time to listen to my issues and questions. He is very professional. Jeff is always prepared for court and his experience is obvious when you see that all the judges know him and regard him with great esteem. Jeff understands family dynamics because he has experience working with many different types of issues which characterized my case. If you would like to be able to trust that your lawyer is going to resolve your issue to the best possible outcome while being professional and courteous, Jeff Graff is the attorney for you.”

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    Former Client

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    “I knew Jeffrey personally as a proud family man and a pillar of the community with an stellar reputation as a family/divorce attorney. When my daughter was going through her divorce and had several bad experiences with two attorneys, in the Westlake Village area, I recommended Jeffery to her. After meeting with us to discuss the situation and issues, Jeffery and his staff went to work, we went to court, Jeffery not only got the results my daughter had hoped for, but also managed to have the opposing party cover his fees, he is beyond knowledgeable, professional and fair, he's brilliant at what he does and worth every penny. I have since recommended Jeffrey to all my friends and acquaintances who need legal help and will continue to do so. I cannot give Jeffrey Graff enough accolades and thanks for his help and exceptional negotiating skill in settling the case, thank you, again.”

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