Oakland Child Custody Lawyer
Working to Shield Children From Custody Battles
Most parents want to do what is best for their children. The hard part is agreeing on what that really is. Typically, what is best is for the parents to set aside their differences and reach an agreement on custody and visitation. When parents can work together to provide a safe, happy environment for kids, there is less stress involved for everyone.
My name is Shelley A. Gordon, and at my law firm I try to handle child custody and visitation issues with as little hostility and acrimony as possible. That does not mean I do not stand up and assert the rights of my clients. Rather, it means that I encourage parents to take control by cooperating and crafting their own arrangements, rather than fighting it out in court only to have a judge order an arrangement that does not satisfy anyone and is often based on what amounts to very little real information about you and your specific situation
For more than 23 years I have addressed the complex child custody and child support issues of clients in Oakland, California, and throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. My knowledge of the law and my negotiation skills allow me to find efficient and often favorable resolutions to even the most heated cases, so that your family can move on as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Child Custody in California
Whether you are getting divorced or you were never married, the child custody issue is likely to be the most important one to confront at the end of your relationship. When you visit my office, I can explain all of the different options for custody and all of the issues that need to be considered. I have extensive experience handling issues such as:
- Legal custody and physical custody, including sole and joint custody arrangements
- Parenting time and visitation rights
- Post-judgment modification of custody or visitation
- Paternity testing and establishing parental rights
Children should not be made to shoulder the burden of their parents’ problems. As a down to earth, accessible and compassionate lawyer, my approach is designed to assist parents in protecting the best interests of their children. I strive to understand your wishes, and offer an unbiased point of view throughout your proceedings. All too often, parties lose sight of their children’s best interests in trying to control custody proceedings. I do my best to bring the children’s futures back to the forefront, which often helps in reaching a parenting plan that is satisfying for everyone involved.
Contact an Alameda County Visitation Attorney
If you have questions about child custody and visitation, I look forward to helping you find the right answers. Please call my office at 510-213-6672 or toll free 866-409-6217. You can also contact my law firm online. I serve clients in Oakland, Alameda County and Contra Cost County.
I offer a free 10 minute phone consultation to discuss your preliminary concerns or answer a brief question. If you are interested in a more in-depth meeting to discuss specific issues and obtain advice, I offer an affordable flat fee initial office consultation for $200. Should you choose to retain me, that fee is applied toward the retainer.