Child Custody & Visitation Expertise
In the often emotionally charged area of child custody, the help of an experienced, compassionate, knowledgeable attorney is essential. It is vital for parents to understand their rights and responsibilities. The decisions made and actions taken during this process can have far-reaching consequences for the relationship between parent and child.
At , we know the importance of sound judgment and reliable counsel at this time, and we have familiarity with the issues, legal tactics, and challenges that can arise.
The most common method of arranging custody is a private agreement between the former spouses or partners. However, when parents cannot reach an agreement, or when custody is contested, a court determines who will have custody. A court has various options of granting custody, including:
- Joint custody - Both parents make decisions as to the child’s education, religion, and health care
- Sole custody - The custodial parent alone makes decisions; visitation rights are often granted to the non-custodial parent
The standard a court will use for determining custody is “the best interests of the child.” A court will examine various factors in determining where those best interests lie:
- The parents’ caretaking abilities
- The parents’ economic situation and earning potential
- The home environment
- The availability of each parent
- The child’s relationship with siblings
- The child’s preference
We have extensive experience in protecting a parent’s rights in custody negotiations and proceedings. With the knowledgeable, experienced counsel we can provide, a parent can anticipate and prepare for any problems that may arise.
Over time, as the family situation changes, it may be appropriate to seek a modification of the custody arrangements, and we can represent clients in these post-divorce proceedings. A proposed relocation with the child by the custodial parent can also create the need for further proceedings, if the relocation is opposed by the other parent. What we seek for our clients is protection of their parental rights, and we strive to assure them a secure, long-term relationship with their children.
To discuss what our firm can do to assist you in this vitally important area, please contact us at , or use our online contact form.