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Child Custody & Visitation

Child Custody Attorney in Alameda and Contra Costa County

If your divorce or family law matter concerns your children, you have even more reason to contact a child custody attorney who has the experience, sensitivity and the perseverance to represent you and your child's interests.

At my practice, Gardner & Lewis LLP, I work to achieve custody and visitation arrangements that are in the best interest of the children.

Call 510-291-4884 or contact me to discuss your goals and how my firm could help you achieve them. I want to help you achieve custody and visitation arrangements that enable you to enjoy a rich and meaningful parental relationship with your children.

Child Custody and the Divorce Process

Child custody issues can be very difficult upon the initial separation of the couple both for the parents and the children. The actions that are taken then can have long-term consequences as to how the case proceeds and will ultimately affect the welfare of your children in many ways. At this time in particular, you need effective representation by an experienced custody and visitation lawyer.

In almost all cases, it is better for the parents to reach an agreement regarding custody and visitation that the court can then approve. You have more control over the process, and the results are generally more predictable. In addition, the outcome is usually achieved with less emotional turmoil, which benefits both the children and the parents. I have successfully participated in negotiated child custody and visitation agreements involving a wide range of situations. My goal in your case will be to achieve a settlement that protects your children's interests and which guards your rights.

Child Custody and Mediation

Absent an emergency, the parties must mediate their issues before any judge will make a custody order. The mediation is generally performed through county mediation services, although on occasion, the parties jointly stipulate to private mediators. I can prepare you for the process and consult with you during the mediation session.

If the parents are unable to reach agreements regarding custody or time-share, the courts will make those decisions for them. Before that route is taken, you need to understand the full implications and potential risks of a custody dispute.

I can discuss these issues with you, and if necessary provide assertive representation to protect your rights.

Contact a Lawyer Today

To learn more about child custody and visitation as it applies to your case, call 510-291-4884 or send an e-mail.

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I first met Mr. Gardner when I desperately needed help with an out-of-control divorce and custody situation. He was very attentive, thoroughly responsive, and absolutely compassionate as he helped me regain mental focus and legal control. Few attorneys practice their craft with the level of transparency and trust Mr. Gardner's clients enjoy as a matter of routine. As a senior management professional in a large Bay Area organization, I truly appreciate Mr. Gardner's no-nonsense, trustworthy, experienced approach solving legal problems.

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