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Child Visitation Rights in Ventura County, Oxnard & Surrounding Areas

Just because your family dynamic changed after a divorce or separation does not mean you cannot see your child anymore. A child custody order and visitation order, or parenting time as it is called in California, establishes how this dynamic will work.

Child custody and visitation orders can still get complicated, though. It is helpful to seek the counsel of an experienced family law attorney in Ventura who will know your rights as a parent and work to protect them.

Reach out online or call us at (805) 222-7818 to speak with our child custody lawyers

How Child Custody/Visitation Orders Are Determined in Ventura

California grants child custody to either one parent or allows each parent to share custody. It is important to note that a judge has the final decision about child custody orders. Still, he/she will typically approve an arrangement the parents have agreed on. If this is not possible, the judge will determine a child custody issue in court.

What are Child Custody Orders

The court will grant a child custody order based on the best interest of the child standard.

Additional factors will aid in the child custody decision-making process, including, but not limited to:

  • The child’s age
  • The child’s physical and mental health
  • The relationship between the child and each parent
  • Each parent’s ability to care and provide for the child
  • The child’s accustomed style of living
  • If one parent has a history of substance or domestic abuse

To understand how child custody orders are determined, you should understand the type of custody orders available: physical and legal custody.

Physical custody

Physical custody refers to where the child will reside and who will provide the child with day-to-day care. Physical custody is either granted as joint, meaning shared between the parents, or sole physical custody, which is granted to one parent.

It is very difficult to split joint custody time exactly half the time with each parent, so it is common for one parent to have more time with the child than the other. This parent is called the primary custodial parent.

If one parent is awarded sole physical custody, the other will usually be granted visitation rights.

Legal custody

Legal custody refers to who will make decisions regarding important elements of the child’s life. These decisions could be related to education, healthcare, religious beliefs/influence, and/or extracurricular activities. A parent can be granted joint or sole legal custody.

Parents who have joint legal custody do not necessarily have to agree on every decision related to their child. However, they should communicate their wants and do their best to cooperate.

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Contact Our Ventura Child Custody & Visitation Attorneys Today

You want the best for your child. Let us help you with your child custody and visitation orders to ensure you can maintain this standard. Do not hesitate to contact us; here, you are family to us as well.

Reach out online or call us at (805) 222-7818 to learn more about our child custody and visitation services. 

An Emphasis on Strong Family Values

Our firm places a strong emphasis on the importance of family values. The balance between maintaining these family values and generating a better future for you and your family is one we strive to achieve with each case. Our values consist of:
  • Holistic Approach

    We aim to resolve conflict so you and your family can move on peacefully. We approach all aspects of a case, including the emotional, financial, and mental components, and advocate with you throughout.

  • Collaboration

    Collaborative divorce can be a great option for spouses looking to share joint custody of their child/children and the court looks favorably on this decision. When possible, we strive to come to a resolution that will benefit both spouses.

  • Children Come First

    We respect the fact that our clients trust us with important life-decisions. We strive to be as understanding and empathetic as we can with you and treat you like we would treat a close family member.

  • Compassionate Legal Services

    We respect the fact that our clients trust us with important life-decisions. We strive to be as understanding and empathetic as we can with you and treat you like we would treat a close family member.

Our Satisfied Clients

Real Stories from Real People
  • “They were prepared and ready for anything.”
    “They were prepared and ready for anything.”
    - Madisen R.
  • “A final settlement in a reasonable amount of time at a price”

    When I brought in this law firm to represent me in my divorce, my wife and her lawyer knew I had gained the ability to fight back if necessary. From that point on, negotiations could proceed. Peace through strength. Fortunately, no protracted or unnecessary fighting was necessary. Due to longstanding relationships, understandings, and trust between my team and my wife's team, deals were worked out on several fronts, avoiding crossing anyone's red lines and resulting in a final settlement in a reasonable amount of time at a price far below what either of us expected to pay.

    - David Goldstein
  • “Donna fought for me and she will fight for you.”
    I have a pretty complicated case that needed a lot of things done quickly and Donna was able to not only get them done but she knocked it out of the park and I am very happy with the outcome. She is also great at communicating things throughout the process in a way that I could understand.
    - Wayne
  • “Donna and Michael handled my case with care”
    “Donna and Michael handled my case with care”
    - Laura Q.
  • “a special Thank You”
    Santo Mehas is a very helpful and understanding group to to work with- and a special Thank You to Michael for all your support.
    - Gail F.
  • “Donna obtained a good result for me, for which I am ever grateful.”

    I met Donna Santo over 20 years ago, when I needed an attorney to represent me in a post-judgment custody dispute trailing across three states due to my nomadic military background. As prior military I had a great respect for the courts. I met Donna first, and she scared me. But of course that was what I wanted: a sharp, assertive attorney. The onset of that custodial dispute marks one of the most horrible periods of my life. Fortunately, Donna and her team were my guides as well as my advocates. To this day, when on occasion I have needed a family law attorney, I have called Donna. She has always obtained a good result for me.

    - Carla Hartley
  • “Then I hired Ventura County family law firm Santo Mehas and everything changed for the better.”
    “Attorney Michael Mehas accomplished something for me and my family that three Los Angeles County divorce lawyers failed to do: he got child support from my ex husband.”
    - Jessica Cheng
  • “They are definitely five stars in their legal experience”
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    - Bryan