There are few things more emotionally draining than a child custody dispute. Determining how decisions will be made for your children and the schedule for which they will see each parent is one of the most meaningful and significant areas of family law.
If the time comes for two parents to part ways, they must address how they will raise their children between two different households. This means examining their children's individual needs and formulating guidelines for co-parenting, including establishing a visitation or access schedule for each parent. This is not an easy task for parents who are unable to see eye to eye.
Our clients are the experts in their children. We rely on them to give us a glimpse into their children's lives and into their own lives as co-parents. We aim to maximize the areas in which our clients and their co-parents can agree and if an agreement cannot be reached, we work in tandem with our clients to build and present to the Court the most compelling case for custody of their children.
What to expect.
You can expect to sit down with one of our attorneys to discuss your custody and visitation issue. We will gather background and current information by way of question and answer and provide you with your options regarding legal and physical custody, whether you are in the preliminary planning stages or engaged in active litigation. We will educate you on the various factors the courts are required to consider when making custody and access determinations.
Understand your options.
No child is the same and, therefore, no custody case is the same. After a comprehensive assessment of the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, we will discuss your realistic options for moving forward and will answer any questions that may arise.
Identify issues and realities.
There are very few, if any, "slam dunk" custody/visitation cases. We will identify the existing concerns in your case and anticipate any future challenges that may arise. We will discuss how to avoid those challenges or, if unavoidable, how to handle them in a manner that will not adversely affect the trajectory of your case.
Define outcomes and develop goals.
At the outset of our professional relationship, we will define your desired custody/visitation outcomes and create a plan for achieving them. As children and their needs may change over the course of the representation, we will be accessible to you throughout the process to determine what changes to the plan, if any, are necessary.
If you are going through a separation or divorce or anticipate doing so in the near future, contact our office to set up a consultation. Our attorneys can help you to understand your rights and the rights of your spouse, do separation/divorce planning, negotiate and prepare written agreements and represent your interests in court.