Out-of-State Custody Proceeding Attorneys
Does Your Child Custody Case Cross State Lines?
Contact Our Los Angeles & Ventura County Lawyer
We live in a mobile society. It is not uncommon for two parents to live in different states. Child custody cases become much more complex in these situations, not only because of the physical distance between the parents but because of differing laws in each state.
At Feinberg & Waller, APC, we have decades of experience representing parents in interstate child custody proceedings. Our attorneys will work hard to protect your relationship with your child. If your case straddles state lines, you can be confident in our advocacy.
Which State’s Laws Apply?
When parents live in two different states, which state’s laws apply? That is the key question in interstate child custody cases. The answer to this question lies in the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA).
The UCCJEA is a compact signed by 46 states, including California, which recognizes that the child’s home state shall maintain jurisdiction over all issues relating to child custody and parenting rights. The UCCJEA prevents parents from removing their child from California to seek a favorable jurisdiction. If the child has not lived in California for more than six months since, the local jurisdiction may assume jurisdiction.
Our lawyers can review your case to verify the applicable jurisdiction and help you move forward with your child custody case in the appropriate manner.
Who Gets Custody of the Child?
Parents who live in two different states will have much more to think about when considering child custody arrangements. How will the child get from one parent’s home to the other’s? Who will be responsible for the cost of travel? How frequently is it reasonable for the child to travel to see the parent who lives in another state? Can other forms of parenting time be built in, like phone calls or Skype sessions?
Child custody determinations in California are based on the best interest of the child. The courts apply various factors to determine what is in the child’s best interest and the weight given to any one factor depends on the circumstances of the case. Ultimately, the goal is to do what is right for the child. We will help you accomplish that goal.
We View Your Children’s Well-Being with Utmost Importance
We understand that confidentiality is critically important when your children are involved. Our procedures and policies protect your privacy and family traditions. We promise to view your children as children, not as personal property or ammunition in a war of words. Regardless of which parent brings the case to court, our practice is to protect your children’s best interests at all times.
Don’t Hesitate to Contact Us
If you are involved in a California interstate custody battle, call for a consultation. A timely response is important. We understand that your children are the most important thing in your life, and we will fight for their best interest.
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.
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 partners and associates together brainstorm 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.
Our Intake Process helps us determine if we can handle your matter while managing the needs of our existing clients.
Our Case Intake manager will ask you basic questions. Feinberg & Waller, APC limits the number of cases we accept because we’ve found that selectivity advances our commitment to excellence.
After the intake process, we run a conflict check to make sure we have not spoken with the other party in your matter in the past. If we determine that there is no conflict, our case intake manager will go over the range in fees , from our Paralegals at $195/hr, to our Associate Attorneys starting at $250/hr, and our Certified Family Law Specialists (CFLS) starting at $495/hr.
We will schedule your consultation with one of Feinberg & Waller, APC Certified Family Law Specialists. A CFLS has gone through a rigorous process of proven qualifications. If you find yourself in the position where you need to speak to an attorney immediately, you may schedule an initial consultation with Marshall Waller through our "Schedule Consultation" links.