CHILD CUSTODY | VISITATION
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CHILD CUSTODY & VISITATION ATTORNEYS
At FAMILYLEGAL, we work hard to help our clients maintain healthy relationships with their children in the wake of a divorce. Since we understand the heartache that can result when a parent loses regular contact with their child or children, our goal is to work out the most agreeable custody arrangement for everyone involved. Flexibility and rationality are the keys in settling child custody disputes. Above all, it's important to remember that when it comes to child custody, the solution is seldom “either-or”. Rather, it's important for parents to put aside their differences and continue to work together to raise their children after the marriage has ended. FAMILYLEGAL’s experienced Custody and Visitation Attorneys can help you explore various custody arrangements and determine which one makes sense for your family.
DETERMINING THE BEST CHILD CUSTODY ARRANGEMENT FOR YOUR FAMILY
The parent who provides day-to-day care and oversees a child's daily activities is said to have “primary physical custody”. “Legal custody”, on the other hand, refers to the rights and responsibilities of decision making in regard to the child or children. Beyond these basic terms, there are a variety of ways to determine the division of child custody rights and responsibilities between divorcing parents. FAMILYLEGAL can help you understand how the following options may work in your situation.
Sole legal and physical custody: This is a situation where one parent makes all of the major life decisions for the children, and will have the children living primarily with this parent.
Primary Physical Custody: Primary physical custody means that the child lives exclusively with one parent, who has the primary right to supervise the child's upbringing. The most common primary physical custody arrangement typically includes a liberal visitation schedule for the parent who does not have physical custody.
Joint Custody: In a joint custody arrangement, parents share responsibility for decisions regarding the children, for their physical care, or for both.
split Custody: In split custody, the children are literally split between the parents, and each parent has physical custody of different children.
Shared Custody: In some cases, parents choose shared custody. This means that children spend equal amounts of time with each parent, and the parents share legal and physical custody.
The Court in Child Custody cases typically looks at the circumstances that reflect the “best interests” of the child or children. The experienced Child Custody and Visitation Attorneys at FAMILYLEGAL can help you with your parenting plan to ensure your child, or children, is properly cared for in your viewpoint as well as the eyes of the law.
Child Custody based on the child’s best interests is determined taking many points into consideration, including:
Length of time the child has lived in a stable environment, and the desire to maintain continuity
Moral fitness, mental health and physical health of each of the parents
The child’s preference (if the court can see that the child can make an educated decision)
Ability of each parent to maintain a stable routine for the child
Any prior domestic violence situations or convictions on the part of either parent
Ability of each parent to meet the child’s developmental needs
There are many more facets of a child’s life that the court will look at to determine custody if your case ends up going to trial. If it is possible to work out an agreement in settlement, we will do everything we can to minimize your legal costs by attempting to cooperate with the other side.
We understand that your choice in a Child Custody attorney is based on your need for a stable, knowledgeable and competent attorney who can confidently handle such a delicate issue. Every Family Law Attorney at FAMILYLEGAL is highly experienced in the area of Child Custody. Your family and your children are very important to us, and we will work with you and defend your rights in every aspect of your Child Custody case.
Divorcing couples often address custody and visitation issues as soon as they separate, and ideally they come to terms regarding the best arrangement for their children. While courts generally honor custody arrangements that have been worked out and agreed to by both parents, legal procedures throughout the divorce process may help resolve conflicts when parents can't agree.
If you're facing a child custody issue, Contact us Today and speak with one of our experienced Child Custody and Visitation Attorneys. With our knowledge and legal expertise, we can help you find the right custody solution for your family, at a cost you can afford.