Hire a skilled attorney for the best results
Child custody disputes are often the most emotionally murky part of family law. Courts make decisions based on what they perceive to be in the best interest of the child. However, courts can only make proper determinations when the facts are represented. That is why it is essential that you have a skilled lawyer representing you.
Whether you are undergoing a divorce or are an unmarried parent, I will provide you with experienced and knowledgeable representation in child custody proceedings while offering respectful support to your emotional needs. With over 25 years of experience, I am extremely knowledgeable about the law and can help you obtain lasting solutions appropriate to the facts of your case.
Finding Common Ground and Avoiding Lengthy Legal Battles
First and foremost, a divorcing couple should determine if custody and visitation is even an issue. It's possible that you can come to an agreement beforehand so you can focus on other aspects of your divorce.
Most likely, both spouses want what's best for your children. However, you may have different ideas of what that is and how to obtain it. I will attempt to help you iron out these differences and come to mutually beneficial parenting plans so we can achieve timely, cost-efficient and long-lasting solutions.
In some cases though, working out a reasonable solution may not be a viable option, which can lead to time consuming and potentially expensive child custody disputes. These lengthy legal battles are often not in anyone's best interest. Not the children. Not the parents. That is why I will attempt to establish some common ground between you and your child's other parent, but rest assured that I will fight aggressively for your child's best interest.
What else can you do to prepare?
In addition to the divorce checklist to the right, if you are anticipating a custody battle, I recommend that you start lining up favorable witnesses that could testify on your behalf. You can also start collecting documentation that illustrates your involvement in the child's life, or evidence that supports limitations that you seek to impose on the child's other parent.
Modifying custody and visitation orders
Over time, when circumstances change and affect a person's parenting ability, modifications to child custody may be appropriate. I can assist you seeking these modifications of orders.