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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

  • 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 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

  • Long story short, Jeff was able to get the monthly amount we paid cut down by more than half!!

    “Jeffrey handled my Family matter. Jeff is great!! He really helped me and my husband fight my husband’s ex. My husband got hurt at work and we were really having a tough time. My husband ex’s got a big child support order against my husband and we didn’t even know that she went to Jeffrey handled my family matter. Jeff is great!! He really helped me and my husband fight my husband’s ex-wife. My husband got hurt at work and we were really having a tough time. My husband ex-wife had a huge child support order against my husband and we didn’t even know that she went to court for that!! Then, she started coming after us for this big child support money every month. She wouldn’t even let her kids come over to visit with us and my kids, but just wanted the money and my husband wasn’t working. My co-worker went to Jeff for her divorce and she told me to call and talk to him. I am so thankful that I called him. I talked to him and he explained everything to me. I needed that because I didn’t know what to do. My husband and I met with him in his office. Jeff and the secretary were both so nice and very professional. I completely trust them! Long story short, Jeff was able to get the monthly amount my husband pays to his ex-wife cut down by more than half!! And on top of that got the judge to make my husband’s ex let the kids come and visit with my husband, who is still hurt, and my kids. Everything worked out so much better than I thought it could. I didn’t know we had a choice and that we could go to the judge to lower the support AND let us see the kids. I would recommend Jeff to anyone who need help with family law. Very Helpful.”

    Linda

  • I have faith in Jeffery Graff.

    “I am a battered woman. Jeffrey saw this when I walked in a year ago to hire him to get a divorce. I was not ready. I thought I could save my 27yr marriage. He knew I would be back when I was ready. He never pushed me to follow through, he waited for me to make to be ready for the long haul. I finally did it! I got tired of being abused in so many ways. Jeffery is a very patient man. I know he will take care of me!!!!! So far so good. I know he is going to keep me in my house for now or ever. He was honest and said we may have to sell but I know the job will get done in my best interest!”

    Former Client

  • 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