Child Custody & Visitation

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Child Custody & Visitation Lawyers in Glendale

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Man sitting and reading to a baby on his lap.For married couples, parenting is generally a joint effort that does not require compartmentalizing a child’s time with their parents. However, when a child’s parents get divorced and stop living together, they must figure out how to allocate their schedules and parenting responsibilities. As a result, child custody and visitation matters often involve complicated legal issues. That is why it is important to consult an experienced child custody and visitation attorney in Glendale for legal representation. At Boyamian Law, you can benefit from the skilled advice and advocacy of our legal team. We offer comprehensive legal representation for divorce matters, including child custody and visitation cases.

Want to know more about our legal services? Contact us online or call us at (818) 423-4455 today.

Child Custody in California

Generally, all parents have a fundamental right to raise their child as they see fit. Under California law, the divorcing parents of a minor child must divide their time and responsibilities for raising their child after they separate.

Although each case is different, custody arrangements in category generally fall into the following categories:

  • Physical custody: This term refers to a parent’s right to physically care for their child, including providing them with a residence where they live together. A parent with physical custody is responsible for watching over and caring for their child.
  • Legal custody: A significant aspect of raising a child involves making important decisions on their behalf, such as those concerning education, medical care, and even wealth management. A parent who has the right to make such decisions for the child exercises legal custody.
  • Joint custody: If both parents of a child share roughly the same rights and responsibilities regarding child custody, they are considered to be in a joint custody arrangement. Parents who share joint physical custody alternate living with the child, exchanging custody at regular times. In situations involving joint legal custody, both parents share the right to make decisions on the child’s behalf. When parents share legal custody, they are precluded from making unilateral decisions without the other parent’s input.
  • Sole custody: In many custodial arrangements, one parent is primarily responsible for the care, control, and custody of their child. When a parent is awarded sole physical custody, their child spends most—if not all—their time with that parent. Likewise, a parent who has sole legal custody can make decisions for their child and is not required to consult the other parent to do so.

How Is Child Custody Determined in California?

In general, parents naturally conform their lives to best serve their child’s interests. California law regarding child custody and visitation reflects this dynamic by requiring courts to resolve custody issues with the child’s best interests at heart.

Divorce can be particularly difficult for a child to endure. That is why it is vital for the parties in a divorce case to resolve custody disputes such that their child’s best interests are protected. Courts consider several factors when deciding issues about child custody, as each case involves its own unique set of circumstances.

What Do Judges Look at When Deciding Custody?

Some of the factors courts consider when determining child custody include:

  • Each parent’s financial resources
  • Each parent’s capacity to promote the child’s relationship with the other parent
  • The parent’s ability to provide the child with a safe and stable environment
  • The parent’s capacity to provide affection and guidance for the child
  • The age and health of the parents
  • A parent’s history of substance abuse
  • Any history of domestic violence within the household
  • Special medical considerations and needs of the child
  • The child’s preference in light of their age and maturity


Generally, California law recognizes how important it is for a child to maintain a relationship with both of their parents. Therefore, courts are more inclined award joint custody so long as it would be in the child’s best interest. However, if a joint custody arrangement would not serve the best interests of the child, a court may award a parent sole physical custody.

However, this does not necessarily mean that the noncustodial parent cannot spend time with their child. Parents have a fundamental right to maintain a relationship with their children, as long as they do not pose a risk to the child’s safety and health. A noncustodial parent has visitation rights, which entitles them to occasionally assume physical custody of their child.

The extent of a parent’s visitation rights depends on the specific circumstances of each case. Ultimately, the court will determine a visitation and parenting schedule according to the best interests of the minor child.

Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights in California?

Under California law, grandparents may request reasonable visitation with their grandchild. In order for the court to grant visitation rights, there must be proof of an existing bond between the grandparent and the grandchild that would make visitation in the child’s best interest. The court would then need to balance the child’s best interests in having visitation with their grandparent and the parents’ right to make decisions about their child.

Grandparents typically cannot file for visitation rights while the child’s parents are married. However, there are some exceptions if:

  • The parents are living separately;
  • A parent’s whereabouts are unknown (and have been for at least a month);
  • One of the parents joins the grandparent’s petition for visitation;
  • The child does not live with either parent; or
  • The grandchild has been adopted by a stepparent.

Consult Our Child Custody & Visitation Attorneys in Glendale

The stakes in divorce cases involving the custody of minor children are often significant. That is why it is important to consult an experienced child custody and visitation attorney from Boyamian Law. You can benefit from the legal sophistication of our legal team, which includes a certified family law specialist. With an office conveniently located in Glendale, we serve all of Los Angeles.

Please call our office at (818) 423-4455 or contact us online today.


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    “Taline Boyamian and her powerful female team championed my difficult and multi dimensional divorce proceedings in such a way that it might only be rivaled by the team who brought Bill Cosby to justice.”

    - Lesley V.
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    “Taline and her team are awesome. Pure and simple. My divorce was extremely long and unnecessarily complicated. Taline and Katrina handled it expertly, Taline laid out all of the options and obstacles up front and delivered on my expectations.”

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    “Taline Boyamian works in a professional, personal, and comprehensive manner. Working with someone that understood the sensitivity of our family case, but still had the legal wherewithal and professional acumen to bring it all together, was a true pleasure.”

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Meet Our Team

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  • Taline K. Boyamian
  • Michael Boyamian
  • Katrina Castillo Espina
  • Alfred Movsesyan
  • Heather Zermeno
  • Nareh Arakelian
  • Jessica Cindy Perez
  • Sarah Menchel
  • Alexis Perez
  • Taline K. Boyamian Taline K. Boyamian

    Founding Attorney, Certified Family Law Specialist

    Taline K. Boyamian has been seeking justice on a daily basis since she was licensed to practice law in 2007. She is well-versed in handling all aspects of domestic issues from high conflict custody disputes to intricate support and financial matters.

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  • Michael Boyamian Michael Boyamian

    Founding Attorney

    Michael is a skilled litigator focusing exclusively on cases related to labor and employment for the last 10 years. Attorney Boyamian has recovered millions of dollars in settlements for employees in Los Angeles and across California.

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  • Katrina Castillo Espina Katrina Castillo Espina

    Associate Attorney

    Katrina Castillo Espina is an Associate Attorney at Boyamian Law, Inc. Ms. Espina graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BA in Political Science. Ms. Espina was admitted to the California State Bar in December of 2013, and has since dedicated her career to representing clients in their family law matters.

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  • Alfred Movsesyan Alfred Movsesyan

    Associate Attorney

    Alfred Movsesyan is a family law attorney at Boyamian Law, Inc. He has been licensed to practice law in California since 2011, handling complex marital dissolution and paternity matters from inception to post-Judgment. 

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  • Heather Zermeno Heather Zermeno

    Associate Attorney

    Heather Zermeno is a Labor and Employment Attorney at Boyamian Law, Inc. She assists and handles all aspects of employment law in a wide range of cases – including class/representative actions involving wage and hour issues and individual cases involving wrongful termination, discrimination, and retaliation.
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  • Nareh Arakelian Nareh Arakelian

    Associate Attorney

    Nareh Arakelian is an associate attorney at Boyamian Law. After graduating from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, she chose to pursue a legal career. In 2020, Ms. Arakelian received her Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School and passed the California Bar exam shortly, thereafter. While in law school, Nareh searched to find an area of law that she was passionate about learning and practicing.
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  • Jessica Cindy Perez Jessica Cindy Perez


    After graduating from San Gabriel Mission High School, Paralegal Jessica Cindy Perez began her education to pursue a career in IT technology. However, in 2006 she changed her career focus and began working as a legal secretary for another firm. She discovered her passion for law through this position and hasn’t looked back since. In 2008, Jessica obtained her paralegal certificate and has been working in many areas of law but has the most passion for family law.
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  • Sarah Menchel Sarah Menchel


    Upon graduating from high school in Washington state, Sarah sought out the sunshine and relocated to Los Angeles to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Business Management. She initially had dreams of working in the fashion industry, however, after the economic collapse of 2008, she changed her focus and returned to school to earn her ABA-Approved Paralegal Certificate from the University of San Diego in 2013.
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  • Alexis Perez Alexis Perez

    Legal Assistant

    In 2017, I joined Boyamian Law as a file clerk and receptionist. As someone who has worked in the customer service industry for years, I have learned how to speak to clients in a way that makes them feel understood and taken care of.
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What Sets Us Apart?

Sharp Intellect & Superior Comprehension of the Law
  • Personalized Solutions

    No two cases are the same; we take the time to get to know our clients and ensure they are provided with a solution customized to fit their goals.

  • Trial-Winning Approach

    Our trial-winning attorneys balance their aggressive representation in court with their compassionate, caring support for each client.

  • Experienced Advocates

    With decades of combined experience, our attorneys understand the complexities of your legal matter and will prioritize your goals.

  • Recognized & Trusted

    Our attorneys are members of distinguished bar associations and have garnered top-honor awards for their work within the legal community.  

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