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Guidance Through Visitation Matters in California

When it comes to child custody and visitation matters, we understand that you want what is best for your child. We also know that this is a sensitive and emotional concern, often involving conflict with the other parent.

At the Law Offices of Korol & Velen, we work with clients one-on-one to develop effective solutions to the custody issues they face. One of our lead attorneys is a certified family law specialist with the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. With over 40 years of combined experience, we offer the dedicated service and trusted counsel you need at this time.

Contact our Los Angeles child custody attorneys today at (818) 962-4669 to discuss your child custody or visitation issue.

Our legal team has handled hundreds of child custody cases, giving each and every client the personalized attention they deserve. We do not back down from complex or difficult cases, but rise to the occasion to aggressively advocate for our clients. Whether the custody matter is resolved through negotiation or by a judge in court, we will stay by your side to defend your best interests and the best interests of your child.

Custody & Visitation Laws in California

As you navigate your child custody or visitation case, it is important that you understand the different types of custody. There are two main types of custody in California.

Legal Custody

(California Family Code § 3003). Legal custody refers to a parent's right and authority to make important decisions regarding the child's life, such as the child's healthcare, education, religious activity, etc. Typically, both parents will be granted "joint" legal custody, which means both parents are permitted to make these types of decisions, regardless of which parent the child lives with (see "physical custody" below). In more rare cases, such as when parents are incapable of making decisions together or when one parent is deemed "unfit" to have legal custody, the court may grant just one parent "sole legal custody."

Physical Custody

(California Family Code § 3004) Physical custody refers to which parent the child actually lives with. Often, one parent has "primary" physical custody, which means that the child lives with and is under that parent's supervision the majority of time. In such cases, the other parent might have "visitation rights." If the child lives with both parents for significant lengths of time, both parents have "joint" physical custody.

Avoid Litigation in Your Child Custody & Visitation Case

As experienced child custody attorneys in Los Angeles, we can explain your rights legal options so that you can make informed decisions. We also aim to help you and the other parent develop sustainable, flexible, and reasonable custody agreements. We have extensive experience helping parents negotiate disagreements and issues related to work schedules, school and activities, family holidays, vacations, weekend custody, and any other obstacles. Whether you are in the middle of divorce or legal separation, we can assist you with every step of the child custody negotiation process.

Through collaborative law or mediation, parents may establish their own custody and visitation arrangements without having to go to court. We believe that arriving at amicable agreements is the best solution for both adults and children, as it minimizes conflict and spares you from the arbitrary decision of a judge who cannot fully understand you or your needs.

The Superior Court of California provides a free mediation service for parents called the "conciliation court." Our Los Angeles child custody lawyers can help you prepare for your conciliation sessions. However, if agreement cannot be met through mediation and negotiations, we will not hesitate to aggressively protect your rights and interests in court if it becomes necessary.

We have helped many people with their custody and visitation issues. Contact our firm today at (818) 962-4669!

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