Child Custody and VisitationChild custody and visitation – Nemiroff & Cohen, LLP specializes in custody and visitation issues. Legal custody of a child is the right and obligation to make decisions about a child’s upbringing. Decisions about schooling and medical care, for example, are made by the parent with legal custody. In California, it is presumed and common for an award of joint legal custody, which means that the decision making is shared by both parents. When you share joint legal custody with the other parent and decide to exclude him or her from the parental decision-making process, the other parent can take you back to court and ask the judge to enforce the original custody agreement.

The San Fernando Valley area Family Courts requires parents who wish for the court to hear their custody case to attend mandatory mediation, which if an agreement is not reached, the counselor makes a recommendation to the court. Understanding the court process and how the determination about which parent, or both, will receive custody of children is part of our expertise.