Child Custody

When parents divorce, their main concern is their children's well-being throughout the process and after. While both parents may want what is best for their children, they may not agree on the "best" custody arrangement for them and how this is structured. Like most decisions that have to be made during a divorce, decisions about custody can be very difficult. Having a strong and experienced attorney by your side can help put the issues and decisions into perspective when you do not know what to do.

If You Are Concerned About Custody And Visitation Arrangements, We Can Help

Lise S. Kaplan is a skilled child custody attorney who has helped many people reach agreements or resolve custody disputes. While it is usually better to try to reach an agreement with your child's other parent than to have a judge make a decision for you, at times, that is not possible.

When an agreement cannot be reached, a judge has a tremendous amount of discretion to determine what is in the best interest of the child. In determining whether a child should live with the mother, the father or both parents, the judge will consider the historical relationship each parent has had with a child as well as many other factors, some of which are as follows:

  • Is one home or the other more "stable" and how is this defined for your particular circumstances?
  • Who is best able to help with school activities, homework and after-school activities, and who has done so in the past?
  • Does one parent have more flexibility in his or her schedule if, for example, a child needs to be picked up at school when ill or for a doctor appointment?
  • Has one parent's behavior resulted in the children's "parental alienation" from the other?

The question of stability is important when determining custody as is the bond that a child has with each parent. A judge considers many factors in determining custody and each judge is different. This is where an experienced attorney who has handled custody cases for over 20 years can be a real asset to your case.

Our law firm handles the full range of issues related to child custody and visitation, including:

You Do Not Have To Struggle With Custody Issues Alone

Our law firm offers all first-time clients a free 20-minute consultation. Call 478-207-5124 or email us to get started.