We believe child custody is the most important category of any divorce. We will discuss all of your rights and options to establish the most stable custody arrangements available for your children.
When parents cannot agree on who will have physical custody of a child and how much time the other will have visitation, often lawyers and the courts must get involved. In general, the law strongly favors joint custody with an equal division of visitation for both parents. Every case is unique. Every custody decision is a case-by-case basis. The all-encompassing rule is evaluating the best interests of the children. The court’s job is to determine their best interests: where a child should live and how often he or she should visit the other parent.
One of the paramount focuses at the Jones Law Firm is to develop detailed custody documents to cover all aspects of custody and visitation. A typical custody judgment covers dates and times of visitation, where exchanges of a child should occur, and various rules/requirements for how each parent should behave in following with the child’s best interest. A common mistake lots of lawyers make is ignoring the details. One-page custody judgments almost always need correction. At the Jones Law Firm, we want to get it right the first time, which requires attention to detail.
Within a joint custody arrangement, co-parenting is a must. In today’s society, children in split households can mature and develop into perfectly healthy adults. That is assured to happen if the parents act right, if they co-parent together. If parents cannot work together, there can be dramatic effects on the development of their child. For example, if a daughter constantly hears her father bad-mouthing her mother, that daughter can subconsciously develop a belief that it is proper for men to treat women that way. This can instill in the daughter negative developmental issues as she matures into an adult such as trust, anger, and relationship problems. This example of parental alienation must be avoided at all costs. We will counsel you with the best methodology to avoid this problem, and we will help place rules and regulations on the other parent if they are unwilling to cooperate.
In some rare circumstances, it is not in a child’s best interest to maintain contact with an abusive, dangerous, or violent parent. If this is the case, we can fight for limited or supervised visitation. There are laws that can be used to require parenting classes, anger management, and substance abuse treatment. If you or your child are the victim of domestic violence, it is important to hire the right lawyer in Alexandria, LA to protect you and your child. It can be extremely difficult to convince the court that a parent should not have contact with his or her child. The witnesses and evidence must be organized to present the best case possible to ensure your child’s future safety.
Child support is heavily governed by legislature and law. There is a guideline that must be utilized to determine the appropriate child support amount. To ensure proper calculation, it is the lawyer’s job to organize the family’s financial information, including the income of each parent, daycare/tuition expenses, and health insurance costs. Oftentimes a parent will try to hide income from the court to lower child support. At the Jones Law Firm, we excel at meticulously discovering the truth. There are other details that need be included such as claiming a child as a dependent for taxes purposes, claiming the earned income tax credit, and properly dividing out-of-pocket expenses. To cover all of the details, it is wise to invest in a suitable attorney.
A custody judgment in Louisiana should include details. Without details, parents could be left without answers. At the very least, those details should include:
- Where the child will primarily reside, with mom or dad
- A custody schedule covering the school year
- A custody schedule covering the child’s school holiday breaks, including Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter
- A custody schedule covering the summer months
- Details on when and where the parents should meet to exchange custody
- Rules and regulations for sharing information about the child, including doctor appointments, school functions, extracurricular activities, etc.
- Rules and regulations ensuring the children are properly monitored, supervised, and disciplined
- Rules for ensuring the children are not confused by a parent introducing a “new” mommy/daddy into their lives too soon
The more specific your custody judgment can be, the better. For instance, who will pay for health care? How will difficult health decisions be made? How will disagreements regarding education, health care, and religion be resolved? Who will transport children to and from visitation with the other parent? What rules for the children will both parents hold to? Answering these questions in a properly constructed custody judgment can ensure that child custody disputes do not arise later.
Custody judgments can be difficult to modify once they have been finalized by the court. In general, our courts do not want parties re-litigating the same issues, particularly when children are involved. Depending on how a judgment was created (consent judgment or considered decree), there is a burden of proof required before modification can be entertained. At the very least, there must be a change in circumstances sufficient to warrant a modification. This is a case-by-case evaluation and depends entirely on the merits of your situation. This is why it is important to get your custody judgment correct the first time. A child custody lawyer in Alexandria, LA qualified in drafting successful custody judgments can ensure that you find a solution that works for your family. The Jones Law Firm helps parents find child custody and child support solutions that work for their families and for their children. When your children’s future and well-being is at stake, you need a qualified lawyer who will give you the time and attention you deserve. You need the Jones Law Firm.
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