Custody & Shared Parenting
Child Custody, Shared Parenting & Visitation
Custody and visitation matters are the most important legal issues to any parent. It is vital that your parental rights are protected so that you can enjoy rich and meaningful relationship with your children and keep the conflict with the other parent to a minimum.
We protect our clients’ parental rights. We develop custody and shared parenting outcomes which enable clients to have the structure and support they need to be great parents.
We often represent clients for:
- Custody for Unmarried Parents
- Child custody proceedings
- Joint custody and shared parenting plans
- Child visitation and parenting time
- Modifications of Custody and Child Support
- Relocation out of State
- Establishing Legal Paternity
How We Can Help You
We represent you. We want to understand your situation, your children needs, and your goals for your family. Once we know who you are and what your needs are, then we recommend a legal strategy and a practical course of action designed to achieve them.
Ideally, we prefer to negotiate with the other party out of court to reach fair and workable custody and visitation arrangements. It minimizes legal costs and reduces stress and emotional tensions between the parents— which benefits you and your children. It can also establish a positive framework for future dealings with the other parent. Most children do better when they see their parents cooperating on matters relating to them and the overall goal is to always do what is best for your children’s well-being.
However, sometimes there are situations where the other parent has harmed the child or is unreasonable in their demands. Then, we have the full ability to involve the Courts and we can file for:
- An emergency custody order to remove your child from a custodian who endangers your child.
- A restraining order against any party that is trying to take the child out of state without your consent.
- Supervised visitation if the other parent is unwilling to act responsibly with your children during their time.
- Drug testing of the other parent so that you can rest assured that your child is not being exposed to an inappropriate environment.
- Psychological assessments to give the court a complete understanding of what the other parent is like.
Whether you are considering immediate legal action like the examples above, or just want to tweak an existing child custody and shared parenting agreement to reflect a changing reality, we can help. When necessary, we aggressively litigate to achieve your goals and protect your rights. We will do everything we can to preserve and enhance your precious relationship with your children and help provide you with a practical solution that will keep the peace. Free Consultation ➜
Grandparent Custody & Visitation:
How do I get custody of my grandchild, niece, or nephew in foster care?
You can seek physical custody of the child in foster care by either asking the court to award you temporary or long-term custody, or by asking the child protection agency to place the child in your home. Either way, you and every adult in your household will have to complete a background check and your home will be investigated by the child protection agency, guardian ad litem, or both. We have experience helping grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family members and friends obtain custody of a child that has been placed in foster care and are happy to assist in that process. Schedule a free consultation today.
Do grandparents have the right to visit grandchildren?
Grandparents have the right to ask for visitation, subject to a best interest determination by the court, under limited circumstances. If the child was born to an unmarried mother, or if one of the child’s parents has died, or if the child is the subject of a divorce proceeding a grandparent or other family member may ask for a visitation order. The court may grant visitation if it finds the visitation to be in the child’s best interest.
How do I make sure my grandchildren are safe if my child is using drugs?
If you are concerned that your grandchildren are not properly cared for because your son or daughter is abusing drugs you have a number of options. You could report suspected child abuse or neglect to your county child protection agency. You could also file directly with the court and ask to be awarded custody of the child because the parent is unfit. We can help you determine the best course of action and represent your interests in court.
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