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    Limor Mojdehiazad

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    LIMOR LAW, APC
    1925 Century Park East, Suite 1700, Los Angeles, CA
    37 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10.0 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 10 years
    Limor was born in Israel and grew up in Los Angeles. She has a natural ability to put her clients at ease and lend support when it’s needed most. Her tenacious personality, relentless negotiation skills, and understanding of the law help her achie...
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    Alexa Tibshraeny

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    Alexa Tibshraeny Law Corporation
    11755 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1250, Los Angeles, CA
    26 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 9.7 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 10 years
    Dedicated Family Law Attorney

    Practice area
    25% Child Custody, 25% Divorce & Separation, 25% Child Support and more

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    Free Consultation
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    CA, Active since 2013
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    Jackie Antoinette Abboud

    Jackie A. Abboud, APLC
    2121 Avenue of the Stars, Ste 800, Los Angeles, CA
    50 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10.0 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 23 years
    Handling All Divorce/Family Law Matters Throughout Beverly Hills and LA County.
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    Alexandra Rachel Lavinsky

    Lavinsky Law
    12121 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 501, Los Angeles, CA
    49 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 9.8 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 20 years
    Lavinsky Law is a distinguished family law firm providing superior legal representation.
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    David J Glass

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    Enenstein Pham & Glass
    12121 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA
    20 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10.0 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 27 years
    Experienced Family Law (CFLS) Attorney with a PhD in Clinical Psychology
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    Maryam Atighechi

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    Atighechi Law Group, APC
    9595 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA
    43 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10.0 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 16 years
    Highly Experienced in the Most Complex Custody Matters Call 310-498-1057

    Practice area
    20% Child Custody, 20% Divorce & Separation, 20% Child Support and more

    Cost
    Hourly Rates$450-600 per hourRetainerAlways

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    CA, Active since 2007
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    Hossein Farzam Berenji

    Berenji & Associates - Los Angeles, CA Office
    550 S. Hill Street, STE 1467, Los Angeles, CA
    10 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10.0 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 22 years
    Dedicated Family Law lawyer assisting those going through divorce and custody disputes. Call today.

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    20% Child Custody, 20% Family, 20% Child Support and more

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    CA, Active since 2001
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    Talitha Davies Wegner

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    Davies Wegner Law
    11661 San Vicente Boulevard, Suite 710, Los Angeles, CA
    26 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10.0 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 14 years
    Changing the Face of Family Law.

    Practice area
    15% Child Custody, 50% Divorce & Separation, 20% Family and more

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    RetainerAlways

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    CA, Active since 2009
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    Patrick DeCarolis

    Trope & DeCarolis LLP
    12121 Wilshire Blvd Ste 1325, Los Angeles, CA
    19 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 9.9 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 45 years
    I have been in practice since 1978. My practice focused on family law from the beginning. I became a family specialist in 1984 and have been since. I have been the Chair of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and have ...

    Practice area
    20% Child Custody, 40% Family, 20% Divorce & Separation and more

    Cost
    Hourly Rates$250-700 per hour

    License
    CA, Active since 1978
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    Nathalie Esther Paluch

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    Lauzon Paluch
    2049 Century Park East, Suite 850, Los Angeles, CA
    6 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10.0 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 11 years
    Dedicated exclusively to helping clients resolve family law and custody disputes, Ms. Paluch, a Certified Family Law Specialist, is passionate about bringing peace of mind to her clients involved in complex family law matters involving child suppo...
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    Diana Pamela Zitser

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    Zitser Family Law Group, APC
    1901 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA
    34 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10.0 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 26 years
    TOP 5% LAW FIRM. CERTIFIED FAMILY LAW SPECIALIST.

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    5% Child Custody, 80% Divorce & Separation, 5% Family and more

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    CA, Active since 1997
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    Beatrice K Fung

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    SHERMAN & FUNG, A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION
    13101 W Washington Blvd, Ste 108, Los Angeles, CA
    33 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 8.6 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 21 years
    My practice is devoted to family law and juvenile dependency law (child abuse). In my family law practice, I litigate issues in child custody and visitation; child support; spousal support; and asset and liability distribution. In my juvenile depe...
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    Babak Robert Farzad

    Farzad & Ochoa Family Law Attorneys, LLP
    633 W. 5th Street, 26th Floor, Los Angeles, CA
    19 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10.0 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 27 years
    Family law is my passion. I handle divorce and family law cases because, unlike almost any other area of law, you can help a client with real life issues and get husbands and wives, mothers and fathers back on track. People look at divorce like an...
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    Gerard Alan Fierro

    Law Offices of Gerard A Fierro
    355 S Grand Ave Ste 2450, Los Angeles, CA
    9 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 9.3 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 35 years
    Established in 1988. For more than 30 years, Mr. Fierro have been successfully representing clients in complex family law matters in all courts in the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan area. The Law Offices of Gerard A Fierro is dedicated to provid...
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    Randi Susan Klein

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    Randi Susan Klein
    835 Wilshire Blvd., 5th Floor, Los Angeles, CA
    20 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 8.8 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 34 years
    Aggressive, Compassionate, Effective Representation. Call Today! 213-634-1746

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    20% Child Custody, 60% Divorce & Separation, 10% Bankruptcy & Debt and more

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    RetainerAlways

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    CA, Active since 1991
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    Michelle Katz

    Michelle Katz
    11400 West Olympic Blvd, Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA
    4 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10.0 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 45 years
    Helping Families Resolve Disputes With Compassion And Experience In Divorce And Family Law.

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    15% Child Custody, 50% Family, 25% Divorce & Separation and more

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    RetainerAlways

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    CA, Active since 1978
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    Warren Robert Shiell

    Law Offices of Warren R. Shiell
    1901 Avenue of Stars Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA
    16 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10.0 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 32 years
    We handle everything all aspects of divorce and family law from simple uncontested divorces to high conflict and high net worth divorces involving extensive assets and complex child custody issues such as relocations and custody evaluations. We wo...
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    Kate Elizabeth Gillespie

    The Gillespie Law Firm
    11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 1700, Los Angeles, CA
    23 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10.0 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 20 years
    My practice is devoted to assisting families and individual family members. My priority is to guide clients through the trauma of family law matters and when possible de-escalate the variety of issues involved in any divorce or custody matter. Whe...
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    Chloe Sydney Wolman

    Davies Wegner Law
    11661 San Vicente Blvd, Suite 710, Los Angeles, CA
    18 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10.0 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 12 years
    Chloe S. Wolman is a Partner at Davies Wegner Law. Chloe represents clients in all aspects of family law litigation including divorce, paternity, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, restraining orders and prenuptial agree...
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    Alex Grager

    Feinberg Mindel Brandt & Klein, LLP
    12424 Wilshire Blvd., Ninth Floor, Los Angeles, CA
    19 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10.0 
    Child custody Lawyer Licensed for 19 years
    I am a Family Law attorney and Certified Family Law Specialist with experience in all aspects of domestic relations and divorce law. I represent clients in all stages of divorce proceedings, from inception through trial or settlement, and post-Jud...

CHILD CUSTODY IN LOS ANGELES

If you’re going through a divorce with children, you’ll need to determine where and with whom your children will live. A child custody lawyer can help you negotiate custody, either by agreement or in court. If you as parents can’t agree on child custody, a judge will decide for you. Continue reading to learn more about the process and costs of child custody cases in Los Angeles and California.

Types of Child Custody

Legal Custody. Legal custody refers to a parent’s right to make major decisions about a child's welfare, health, and education, including:

-where a child will go to school

-whether a child will engage in religious activities, and

-whether a child should receive medical care (except in emergency situations).

Joint vs. Sole Legal Custody. Legal custody can be shared (joint) or sole. In California, joint legal custody means that both parents share in the right and responsibility to make decisions relating to the health, education, and welfare of a child. Joint legal custody is very common in California. The fact that parents share joint legal custody, however, doesn’t mean they will share joint physical custody.

Sole legal custody means that only one parent has the right to make all major decisions relating to the child and can do so without the other parent's input. The fact that a parent has sole legal custody doesn’t mean that parent will also have sole physical custody.

Physical Custody. Physical custody refers to where a child will live after a divorce or separation. The parent with physical custody has the right to have the child physically present in the home. If a child lives exclusively or primarily with one parent, that parent is usually referred to as the custodial parent, while the other is the noncustodial parent and typically has visitation rights.

Joint vs. Sole Physical Custody. Joint physical custody means that both parents have significant periods of physical custody. If a child's time is divided equally—or close to equally—between the parents, they are sharing joint physical custody.

Sole physical custody means a child resides with one parent, subject to the court's authority to order visitation time with the other.

How Is Child Custody Determined?

In California, judges decide custody according to what is in the best interest of the child. To decide a child’s best interests, the court will consider many factors, including:

-the child’s age and health

-the emotional ties between each parent and the child

-the ability of each parent to care for the child

-any history of family violence or substance abuse, and

-the child’s ties to school, home, and community.

Legal Custody. Parents usually share joint legal custody, unless one of the following is true: the parents are completely unable to make decisions together

-one parent is deemed unfit

-one parent is incapable of making decisions regarding the welfare of the child, or

-it would be in the child’s best interests for only one parent to have sole legal custody.

Physical Custody. When deciding physical custody, courts will determine the child's best interests. In most cases, courts strive for equal—or close to equal—parenting time, because it’s usually in the child’s best interests to have continuing and meaningful contact with both parents. In other cases, sole physical custody with or without visitation to the other parent may be appropriate. For example, if a parent has a history of domestic violence or abuse, courts may order that all visits with the child be supervised by an approved third party.

What Goes Into a Custody Agreement?

In California, a custody agreement is referred to as a parenting plan. Generally, a parenting plan should cover physical custody (or time-share) and include a detailed schedule for when the child will be with each parent, including: where the child will be for holidays, summer vacations, and special days like birthdays how the child will get from one parent to the other (transitions), and who will pay the costs of transportation.

Your agreement should also cover legal custody and how you will make decisions about your child’s health, education, and welfare including:

-daycare and/or which school(s) the child will attend

-whether the child will practice a certain religion, and

-how decisions about medical and dental care will be made.

If you have questions, speak to a local family law attorney for advice.

The Average Cost of Child Custody Case in California

Each family is unique, and each custody case presents its own specific circumstances, which will play a major role in how long a custody case will take and how much it might cost. When parents agree on all of their custody issues, the total cost will be on the lower end. If parents can’t agree or have a prolonged custody dispute in court, the total cost will be much higher.

While we don’t have specific data on the cost of a custody case in California, we do know that in one survey, readers who had disagreements over child support and/or custody paid an average of $15,500 in total costs—including $13,500 in attorney’s fees and $2,000 in other costs.

Attorney’s fees represent the largest chunk of divorce costs, and attorneys in Los Angeles charge higher hourly rates, so the total cost of custody cases in L.A. will be higher compared to other cities across the nation.

To read more, see Avvo's free legal advice on California child custody.

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Pomona Courthouse
Superior Court, 400 Civic Center Plaza
Pomona, CA 91766
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Chatsworth Courthouse
Superior Court, 9425 Penfield Ave.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
818-407-2200Court Website | Get Directions

Bellflower Courthouse
Superior Court, 10025 East Flower Street
Bellflower, CA 90706
562-345-3300Court Website | Get Directions

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