Child Custody and Visitation

Determination of custody and visitation of minor children is often complicated and fraught with emotion for parents going through divorce. Jaffe and Clemens lawyers strive to resolve custody disputes by crafting agreements that are tailored to the needs of the particular family. California law works to resolve custody disputes based upon the best interest of the child. This includes a consideration of the child’s health and welfare, the history of contact between the parents and children, the ability and willingness of one parent to have an ongoing relationship with the other parent, the parents’ parenting skills and their mental and health histories, the child’s special needs, the child’s preference if old enough, and any evidence of child abuse or neglect. California law encourages both parents to continue to have frequent and continuing contact with their children.

Jaffe and Clemens attorneys are highly experienced in negotiating custody settlements and in working with custody mediators, evaluators, and mental health professionals to achieve the right custody plan for the client’s family. Some parents work best with maximum flexibility. Others do better with a detailed schedule that lays out exactly when custody exchanges will occur. Jaffe and Clemens lawyers recognize different parenting styles and different needs, and customize custody settlements to reflect each client’s unique circumstances and goals.

Not every custody dispute can be resolved by agreement. Sometimes, the only solution is to have a judge resolve custody and visitation disputes. When it is necessary to turn to the courts, Jaffe and Clemens attorneys have the skill and experience to make sure that clients are well prepared and well represented. The firm regularly works with evaluators and mental health professionals to ensure that clients’ cases are presented in a way that maximizes the likelihood of favorable results.