Child Custody & Visitation
The most important part of a divorce for any parent is settling child custody in a way that’s best for the children. The law considers this the most important aspect of a divorce as well, and presumes that the involvement of both parents in a child’s life is usually best. However, parents often disagree on who should have the kids, how often, and when. I can help you play the role you want in your children’s lives. If this can be done by agreement through negotiation and mediation, I welcome the less contentious route on such a sensitive issue, and the court will make that agreement binding unless the judge thinks it would be bad for your children. However, if you and your ex are unable to agree and must take the issue to the court, I am absolutely prepared to fight for your rights as a parent.
However custody is settled, it will be written up in a clearly stated Parenting Plan as part of a court order. If you don’t like the plan, if your child’s life circumstances change, or if your ex-spouse isn’t living up to the terms of the plan, you need to call an attorney as soon as possible. With the help of an attorney, you can modify the Parenting Plan or you can make sure that the Parenting Plan is being enforced. If you try to deal with these changes yourself in a way that violates your obligations under the existing plan, you could compromise your case or be held in contempt of court.