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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 Thousand Oaks family 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, our practiced Thousand Oaks family lawyer 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.

Contact our firm today for a free consultation - our Thousand Oaks custody attorney is ready to hear from you!

Hear it From Our
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

  • I felt that he always had my best interest in mind!

    “I selected Jeff to represent me because he specialized divorce cases and had worked with the Ventura County judges for many years. He was very patient with me as dealt with the emotions of getting a divorce after a 19-year marriage, and helped me through the terrible stress of facing my ex-spouse and being in the courtroom. He gave me very good advice on how to manage the property settlement, especially on when I should capitulate and when I should hold my ground. I felt that he always had my best interest in mind (rather than just collecting his fee) and worked diligently to bring the case to a fair conclusion.”

    Mrs. M

  • He worked efficiently to get the best and honest result for my family in child support matters.

    “I chose Mr. Graff to represent me in my divorce since he was also knowledgeable with bankruptcy law. He promptly returned phone calls, was quite helpful and consistent in advising me. He knew and understood my case and was very professional in representing me. Furthermore, I knew he was well respected in the courtroom and by other attorneys. He worked efficiently to get the best and honest result for my family in child support matters. I would absolutely hire him again and definitely recommend him to anyone in need of family law representation.”

    Kathy

  • 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.”

    Paul

  • 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