Advocating For Your Parenting Rights
Deciding Child Custody
Even in the most amicable divorces, child custody can be a complicated part of the equation. Ideally, both parents can share custody of the children and are able to agree on a plan.
If you and your spouse cannot agree on where your children should live and how much time they should spend with each parent, the court will intervene. The court will look at several factors, including:
- Age of the children
- The living situation of each parent
- The relationships the children had with each parent before the divorce
- The continuity and stability of each living situation
Developing and negotiating a child custody or visitation arrangement can be difficult. It is important to have an advocate who understands your custody options and can help you fight for a solution that works for your family. Talking with an experienced child custody attorney is the first step to making sure you get the custody arrangement that is best for your circumstances.
When One Spouse Needs To Relocate
Life can be unpredictable. There may be times when you or your former spouse will need to move. It may be across town, across country, or out of the United States, but in any case, relocation means there will likely be a need to make changes to the custody agreement.
The goal for the court is to keep life for the children as consistent as possible. This also includes financial support. This can be difficult if one parent is moving far away. Experienced attorney Dianne M. Fetzer can help you understand the factors that go into changing the custody order. The court will consider many factors, including:
- The reason the parent is moving
- The relationships the child has in the community
- The child’s relationship with both parents
- Which parent is most likely to provide access to the child