Child Custody and Visitation

Los Angeles Child Custody & Visitation Attorney Jeffrey Willards

Determining which spouse or parent will retain physical custody of the children is often the most emotional and contentious aspect of a legal separation or divorce. In most family cases, the court will seek to grant some form of joint custody. In such cases, it is up to the parents, with the help of a mediator, to determine the logistics of sharing time, including holidays, vacations, and any other special events.

It is assumed in all child custody and visitation arrangements that the child’s interests are put first and foremost. Fairness to parents or other interested parties is secondary to the interests of the child.

Los Angeles Visitation Rights Attorney

Attorney Jeffrey Willards understands that child custody and visitation can be some of the most bitterly disputed aspects of a divorce but our years of experience have taught us that parents who relentlessly battle over custody end up the losers: causing stress-related health issues and doing irrefutably emotional harm to the child or children. It is much better to work toward an amicable resolution for custody and visitation.

Not to belabor this point, but many judges who witness parents choosing conflict over resolution, will interpret the behavior as a net loss for the child. In these cases, the parties are often required to take parenting classes at their own financial expense.

Bottom Line? Family Attorney Jeffrey Willards strongly encourages her clients to negotiate a fair and reasonable parenting plan before their dispute goes to litigation. Once you give up on resolving the issue yourselves, you will incur a huge financial expense for litigation and more importantly, you will sacrifice control of your child’s custody and visitation arrangements to the judge, — a judge who doesn’t know or love your child as you do.

In most custody cases, parents share legal custody of their children, which typically includes decisions about education, medical care and religious upbringing. One parent may be awarded primary physical custody of the children and visitation or “parenting time” is given to the non-custodial parent. More common in the last few years, however, is that parents share joint physical custody, in which case the children divide their time equally between both parents’ households.

Attorney Jeffrey Willards will help you consider all of these options and help create a plan that works for you and your children. To learn how we can help you, please contact us today. The initial consultation is free.


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I am your Los Angeles Family Law Attorney Jeffrey Willards, Esq. Every day I have the privilege to meet good people often faced with traumatic financial and emotional devastation caused by the breakup of their family. I represent spouses and partners with high net worth estates as well as parties with limited means. No matter the circumstances or complexity of your assets, I vow to work tirelessly for the best possible outcome.

When necessary I can be your tenacious advocate but I am always compassionate and sensitive to the circumstances you find yourself in at this pivotal time in your life. I will do all I can to steer you toward a successful, emotionally-healthy divorce where, when it is all over, if you bump into your ex you can be civil; where if you have children, you can both attend a future wedding and you can treat each other with dignity and respect in front of your children. A non-destructive divorce is possible and should be our united goal if at all possible.

No matter the complexities of your financial estate, or no estate at all, I can assure you that working with a compassionate and caring full-time Family Law Attorney will go a long way to finding solutions that make sense…

Knowledge is Power and I will share my experience and knowledge with you when you have me partner with you.

Call my office to schedule an appointment with me, Los Angeles Family Law Attorney, Jeffrey Willards, Esq. My offices are open 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday – Telephone Hours: 8am-11pm 7-Days.

Call (888) 900-9078


e-Mail Jeffrey Willards, Esq. Map to Office
I am your Los Angeles Family Law Attorney Jeffrey Willards, Esq. Every day I have the privilege to meet good people often faced with traumatic financial and emotional devastation caused by the breakup of their family. I represent spouses and partners with high net worth estates as well as parties with limited means. No matter the circumstances or complexity of your assets, I vow to work tirelessly for the best possible outcome. When necessary I can be your tenacious advocate but I am always compassionate and sensitive to the circumstances you find yourself in at this pivotal time in your life. I will do all I can to steer you toward a successful, emotionally-healthy divorce where, when it is all over, if you bump into your ex you can be civil; where if you have children, you can both attend a future wedding and you can treat each other with dignity and respect in front of your children. A non-destructive divorce is possible and should be our united goal if at all possible. No matter the complexities of your financial estate, or no estate at all, I can assure you that working with a compassionate and caring full-time Family Law Attorney will go a long way to finding solutions that make sense... Knowledge is Power and I will share my experience and knowledge with you when you have me partner with you.
Call my office to schedule an appointment with me, Los Angeles Family Law Attorney, Jeffrey Willards, Esq. My offices are open 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday - Telephone Hours: 8am-11pm 7-Days. Call (888) 900-9078