Calabasas Visitation Attorneys
Protecting the Rights of Noncustodial Parents in Los Angeles & Ventura County
California courts have made it clear: Whenever possible, the parents shall each maintain a relationship with their children after divorce, even if the visitation must be supervised.
If visitation rights have become an issue in your divorce, Feinberg & Waller, APC is ready to protect your parenting rights. We work with clients on both sides of the visitation issue. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling parenting schedules and custody issues in jurisdictions throughout Southern California, and they have helped clients with parenting time issues when one parent lives in another state or outside of the United States.
Experience in Joint Physical Custody Cases
Co-parenting is often favored in court cases regarding children. If parents have joint physical custody, they need to determine how they will share time with their children. The ideal arrangement would be for the child or children to spend exactly 50% of their time with each parent. Practically speaking, this is very difficult. If both parents work, the complexity of dealing with two work schedules and a child’s school and extracurricular activities may mean that even if parents have joint physical custody, one parent may be the primary custodial parent and the other parent with less time receives visitation.
Our attorneys can help you assemble a comprehensive parenting or time-sharing plan. A formal plan does two things: It sets expectations, and it is enforceable. While California permits less detailed agreement, a comprehensive parenting time or visitation agreement helps to reduce conflict by making it clear to everyone, including a judge, what was agreed to.
Parenting Time is Important to Your Children’s Welfare
A comprehensive parenting time plan is best created in a cooperative atmosphere. Children thrive when they spend time with both parents and when those parents are positive and focused on the best interests of the children and not engaging in conflict.
When you and your child’s other parent take the time to develop a plan that details birthdays, holidays, vacations, camps, and other events important in your child’s life, it can help clarify for parents what is important. When developing this plan, it is crucial to plan for change. Your children will age, and what is an ideal plan when they are toddlers may not work as well when they are teens. By keeping your plan updated and matching your current circumstances, it can work better for you and your children.
Finding Visitation Plans That Work for Your Family
In the case of a parent with sole physical custody, it is still considered important for the child to spend time with their other parent, absent threats to the child. A visitation schedule may have to be creative, offering the other parent a combination of weekends, days of the week, school holidays, and other time to ensure that parent remains meaningful within their child’s life.
Cooperation is Essential
If you cannot agree on parenting time or a visitation schedule, a judge will impose a schedule based on the best interests of your children. This is less than ideal, and if possible, it is better if you and your child’s other parent work together to create a viable plan. You, not the judge, will have to live with it, so your plan is likely to better deal with the unique aspect of your family’s life.
If your child’s other parent is unwilling to work with you, our lawyers will help develop a compelling case for a plan that best addresses your child’s need and fully protects all your rights to time with your child or children.
Contact Us for Help
Make no mistake. Your children’s interests will be our top priority. We are a well-known, well-respected team practicing with integrity, compassion, and competence. We take pride in being more than just a business; we are in this profession because it allows us to help people, children, and families. At all times, we will keep your children’s best interests as our primary focus.
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 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.
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 $395/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.