Determining custody and visitation arrangements for children can be one of the most stressful issues for parents. A knowledgeable and experienced attorney will guide clients through the emotional and sometimes conflict-ridden process. It is the goal of a child custody attorney to offer sound advice that will meet both the objectives of the client and more importantly, the best interests of the children.
Physical custody is the right of a parent to provide ongoing, daily care for the child or children. Legal custody is associated with the right to make decisions regarding the child’s health, education, and overall welfare and his or her upbringing.
Courts often urge parents to work together to care for, raise and make decisions pertaining to their child’s well-being and future. There are several options for custody rights and responsibilities.
Sole custody—One parent maintains the exclusive, primary right to make decisions regarding the child and to have the child live with him or her.
Joint custody—Parents share responsibilities in decision-making and physical control of the child.
Split custody—Each parent retains custody of different children, splitting up siblings.
Shared parenting—Both parents share equally in decision making for the child, and aim for equal parenting time, although it is not always 50/50.
Whether in mediation or litigation, the Family Law Team at Owen & Owens can provide both the knowledge and experience to bring resolution to a difficult situation. If you retain an attorney from Owen & Owens, we will work with you to achieve the best result in a professional, caring, and cost-effective manner.
Please contact Owen & Owens to schedule a consultation with one of our child custody attorneys.