Child Custody/Visitation
Where Will the Children Reside – Who Decides?

In a perfect world, there would be intact families and no one would have to argue over custody and visitation issues concerning children. However, this isn’t a perfect world and disputes can arise for a myriad of reasons.

Most often when people think of custody disputes, an image is conjured up of a Mother and Father battling over the child, something like a the scene from the movie Irreconcilable Differences, where the parents (Shelly Long and Ryan O’Neal) are each tugging, in opposite directions- Solomon style, on a young Drew Barrymore.

In a perfect world, people would be able to agree upon what is in the best interest of the children and act accordingly. However, this is not a perfect world and quite often the parties have to turn to the court to make the decision on where the children will live and when and where visitations will occur.

It amazes me that in a free society people are willing to let someone else tell them when and where they will see their children. However, that is what happens when people, usually battling parents, cannot agree on the fate of the children. The person in the black robe decides, plain and simple.

The law sets forth certain guidelines for the court to use in determining custody and visitation. However, each case brings with it a different set of facts, and it isn’t as easy as plugging the information into a computer and having the answer spit out on the printer. Judges have to make tough calls sometimes and because they are human and can’t predict the future, they occasionally make mistakes.

Ultimately wouldn’t you like to be the one to decide where your children will reside and when you will see them, rather than have some stranger decide for you? Think about it. When divorce is inevitable and custody issues arise, parents should ultimately decide the fate of the children, not the Judge. For the sake of the children, and your pocketbook, try to resolve custody issues out of court. But, if you cannot agree, and you need help, make certain you seek the advice and assistance of an experienced family law attorney.


Edwards-Swift & Associates | Family Law & Divorce Attorney Chino | Hills, CA

When my case was passed onto Pam to take over after a previous associate left the company I was nervous. We met for the first time at the court house, heading into court to set trial dates.
We had a break before coming back in and grabbed a bite to eat. I was able to speak with her freely, as if she were a friend. (A very expensive friend haha)
She was easy to talk to and it was clear that she was passionate about her work and that made me feel like more than just a paycheck.
The results of the custody battle were in my favor, thanks to her.

Thank you for your compassion Pam.

Brittany R., Las Vegas, NV

My husband and I reached out to Pam for custody and child support dispute for my 5 year old step son almost a year ago. These situations are never easy but having a knowledgeable attorney made a world of difference. We worked with Pam and her para-legal Evelyn and we couldn’t be happier with end result. I would highly recommend Pam and her team if you’re looking for someone to look out for your and your child’s best interest.

Licet T., Chino, CA

I am grateful for Pam Swift and her staff! They were supportive and understanding during my time of need. Unfortunately due to my cases particular circumstances, it took years to handle. But in the end, her services blessed us with freedom from one of the most traumatic times of our lives.

Jennifer Reimer

OUTSTANDING Attorney. Took care of business, went on the offensive and balanced the scales. Very much appreciate Pamela’s care and understanding of my situation. Could not be happier with the results!

Steve D.

Pamela Edwards-Swift was a life saver when I had to take my ex back to court to gain primary custody of my daughter. Throughout the entire process, Ms. Swift clearly explained the process, set very clear expectations with me regarding each phase of the court proceedings, made solid recommendations to me which helped me decide on the best overall situation for my daughter. Our custody battle took just over one year, and what impressed me most about Ms. Swift is the results we got happened exactly as she said it would! I highly recommend Ms. Swift!

Mike Rodgers

Pam and her team exceeded my expectations. I’ve never had to higher a lawyer before and I met with a few before her. I felt comfortable, reassured and that she had not only mine but my daughters best interest for my case. I highly recommend her. She has years of experience in all types of family law cases.

Christina Hradisky

I have known Pam Swift professionally for the last ten years.  She is professional, knowledgeable, cares about ther clients and looks for amicable ways of handling very tough situations.  I highly recommend her.

Dr. Betty U.

I found Ms Swift to be a top notch attorney who has both experience and integrity. My estate attorney referred me to her because she had worked with her on a number of cases and was impressed with her ethical skills and personable style. I have nothing but praise for the way she and her team, especially her paralegal, Evelyn, handled my divorce. My case was somewhat complex and yet they doggedly worked their way through it always looking out for my best interests with a positive attitude. She and her staff easily have my 5 star vote!

Andrea G., Sierra Madre, CA

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