We understand that child custody and parenting time are the most important aspects of any dissolution of marriage or legal separation matter, and will work diligently to ensure that your legal rights, as well as the best interests of your children, are protected. Most parents enjoy joint custody of their children, meaning that they work together to make important decisions on behalf of the children. There are, however, situations where it is more appropriate for one parent to receive sole custody of the children, and it is crucial to have an attorney experienced in children’s issues to represent you in either of these situations.
In order to ensure stability for your family both during and after a divorce proceeding, it is vital to draft specific agreements with respect to custody and parenting time.
Most parents share joint custody of their children, which allows them to continue to work together to make important decisions on behalf of the children. Each parent will have input about issues such as the children’s healthcare, religion, education, and extracurricular activities. In certain situations, one parent may not be an appropriate custodian, and it becomes necessary to ask that the other parent be awarded sole custody of the children. Oftentimes the distinction between custody and parenting time is not well understood, and it is important to understand the difference prior to negotiating an agreement with the other parent.
You will need to negotiate both a regular and holiday parenting time schedule. Given each family’s individual needs, it is also often necessary to devise creative solutions to problems faced by divorcing parents. We can help you to craft a custody and visitation arrangement that will suit the unique needs of your family.
We also have experience representing individuals who are not the biological parents of children, but may be entitled to visitation, including guardians and other family members.
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