Committed To Protecting Your Parenting Rights
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. It can be overwhelming to find solutions that work for you and your children.
Having a strong and knowledgeable attorney by your side can help put the issues and decisions into perspective when you do not know what to do. At Lise S. Kaplan, LLC, we draw on decades of family law experience when we represent our clients in custody and visitation disputes. Lise S. Kaplan, never forgets what’s at stake when she takes your case. You can rely on her to support your parenting rights and to advocate for what is best for your children throughout your custody matter.
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. Our law firm handles the full range of issues related to child custody and visitation, including:
- Developing a workable parenting plan that will create a sensible arrangement for each parent to spend time with their children, taking into account what is best for the children
- Modifying the terms of child custody agreements when necessary
- Establishing fathers’ rights and parenting time when parents are not married
- Reaching agreement on child support matters
While it is usually better 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.
Defending Your Rights In Court
When parents cannot agree to custody terms on their own, they need to turn the matter over to a judge, who 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, 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’s 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 25 years can be a real asset to your case.