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Calabasas Child Custody Lawyers

Helping Parents and Children in Los Angeles & Ventura County

Custody battles are often nerve-wracking for parents. If you're concerned you may not receive the timeshare you deserve with your child or the other parent actively combats your efforts to obtain an equitable outcome, you need an experienced Calabasas child custody lawyer to help defend your rights.

At Feinberg & Waller, APC, our compassionate family law attorneys leverage more than five decades of combined experience to help clients deal with custody cases. We'll fight to protect your parental rights and your child's best interests in and out of the courtroom.

To schedule a consultation with our team or learn more about our services, contact us online or via phone at (844) 252-1140. We have offices in
Beverly Hills, Calabasas & Westlake Village
.

Types of Custody in California

California courts recognize two types of custody:

  1. Physical custody, which governs what parent a child (or children) live with; and
  2. Legal custody, which governs how much control the parents have over their child(ren)'s rights, such as determining what education they receive, their health care plan, the extracurricular activities they engage in, etc.

Parents can split both physical and legal custody in one of two ways:

  1. A sole custody arrangement, in which one parent has complete control of the child(ren)'s physical and/or legal custody; and
  2. Joint custody, in which both parents have control of the child(ren)'s physical and/or legal custody.

For example, it's possible for parents to have joint physical custody, so the child spends time living with both parents but only give legal custody to one parent.

Joint custody does not mean the child spends an equal amount of time with each parent. In a joint custody arrangement, the child may spend 60% of their time living with one parent and 40% of their time with the other.

Generally, courts prefer it when parents engage in joint custody arrangements, believing that the child should have regular contact with each parent. However, in cases where the court determines that a parent is unfit due to issues such as substance abuse or child neglect or simply cannot care for a child appropriately, they may award sole custody to the other parent.

If the court decides one parent should have sole physical custody, the other parent may still visit their child using a visitation order. The visitation order can include different parameters, such as requiring the visiting parent to set up a visitation schedule or mandating that another adult supervise the visitation to protect the child.

How Do I Get Custody in California?

To obtain custody in California, a parent must file a custody case with their county court. Parents typically obtain a custody arrangement in one of two ways:

  1. Agreeing on a custody arrangement. If the parents agree on a custody timeshare, they (with the help of attorneys) can draft an agreement laying out their proposed parenting plan. If a court approves the agreement, it will be signed into law.
  2. Litigating the custody arrangement in court. If the parents cannot agree on terms for custody, they may choose to pursue a custody order in court. This often involves each parent presenting a parenting plan to the court. After considering each party's case, the court will make a final judgment and hand down a legally binding custody order for the parents.

Courts consider a wide range of factors during custody cases, including:

  • The age and health of each parent;
  • The age and health of the child(ren);
  • The parents' behavior during the relationship;
  • The ability of each parent to care for their child;
  • Whether other factors, such as domestic abuse, play a role in the case;
  • How a potential custody arrangement would impact the child (such as forcing them to move to a different school, community, etc.).

As a parent, you want the best for your child. Having an experienced Calabasas child custody attorney at your side during your case can help you pursue a custody arrangement that enables your child to thrive.

To schedule an arrangement with our custody lawyers and get more than 150 years of combined experience on your side, contact us online or via phone
at (844) 252-1140
.

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What Makes Feinberg & Waller, APC Different? 

Committed to Each & Every Case
  • Certified Family Law Specialists

    We have three certified family law specialists on our team. A certified family law specialist must pass a rigorous exam, fulfill mandated ongoing educational requirements, been favorably evaluated by peer review, and show at least a five-year focus and proficiency in family law.

  • Team Approach

    At Feinberg & Waller, APC all the attorneys attend monthly team performance strategic planning sessions to execute and deploy tactical case management objectives. Clients receive added value as they are never charged for more than two of the attorneys during these meetings yet the entire team brainstorms on each matter within the firm.

  • Role of the General Counsel

    The office of Feinberg & Waller, APC has a general counsel whose role is to focus on law firm management, corporate governance, and business policy. The litigation attorneys are then able to focus on your matter rather than having to concentrate on running the business aspect of a law firm.

  • Outstanding National and International Reputation

    Firm shareholder, Marshall Waller is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Fellows are recognized as having advanced skills in family law and are recognized leaders in the field.

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