Learn Your Options
When parents divorce, they need to learn the child custody and visitation options that are available to them and the legal standards applied to the different options. In most cases, divorcing couples are ultimately able to agree on custody and visitation issues without the need for a court order. When an agreement cannot be reached, knowledgeable advice and representation from an experienced family law attorney often makes the difference.
Custody Rights and Responsibilities
The set of parental responsibilities regarding day-to-day care of the child as well as the rights to direct the child’s daily activities is known legally as physical custody. Legal custody means the rights and responsibilities associated with decisions regarding the child’s upbringing.
Parents often have diverging ideas on how to best structure the new family dynamic. Oftentimes allegations of domestic, physical, and mental abuse greatly complicate any possibility of an amicable agreement. Frequently, the difficulties in the dissolving relationship make it challenging, if not impossible to communicate with your former spouse or partner to work out consensus on a shared parenting plan or child support options. Having proven representation when making or updating custody agreements can often be the difference between ultimately getting the best possible results for your family’s unique situation.