Child Custody & Visitation Legal Services
Obtaining child custody and visitation orders that best meet the needs of the children is a difficult task for even experienced practitioners. Especially if your case involves allegations of abuse (verbal, physical, sexual or substance) how the facts of your case are presented to the court is critical to the outcome. Whether during the dissolution process, or when simply trying to set legal orders between co-parents, emotions and defenses always seen to run high between parties; and understandably so. Unfortunately, it is easy for the best interests of the child to get lost in the commotion. As a result, the court will often times apply standard orders while attempting to interpret the parties’ requests through a sea of hostility and name calling. At HLS, we know how to formulate your custody and visitation requests so that they are clear, concise, and impactful, so that the court will have a full picture of your situation. We are experienced in dealing with high intensity cases; often times involving domestic violence and parental alienation. We know how to keep you and your children safe from your partner and the court system.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I best protect my kids?
Depends on the facts of each case. Judges respond to protective parent cases (emotional, physical, sexual abuse) in a variety of ways depending on how the case is put before the court. The best option would be to hire an attorney from the initial start of your case to make sure all proper procedures are followed and the issues are presented effectively and are backed with evidence. It is always an easier fight when care has been taken in the initial pleadings than later on when misinformation or facts that are unable to be proven have been presented and have obscured the court’s ability to see the big picture.
Why do I need to go to court if the other parent and I have agreed to a custody and visitation plan?
Often time’s parents agree to temporary custody and visitation plans outside of court and do not realize that they could be setting a precedent for future court orders. Also, when there is no court order in place, you risk the emotional whims of the other parent interfering with the plan that had supposedly been agreed to. A court order can allow for parent compromise but sets a minimum standard to be followed.
Can the other parent move out of the county or state with our child?
When there is a court ordered custody and visitation plan that is based on both parents residing in a specific geographic location, a parent must obtain a new order from the court to legally move the child elsewhere. When there is no initial custody and visitation order in place, you risk the chance that one parent may move away with the child. An HLS attorney can help you fight for or against a move-away court order.
How does domestic violence affect a custody and visitation order?
When a party has been found to have committed domestic violence in the past, there is a presumption that the accused should not be awarded legal custody. Supervised visitation may also be ordered and the cost of which is usually the burden of the accused.
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