Waiting to establish custody until something goes wrong happens all too often. Do not wait. Your child deserves a life that is safe, consistent and predictable. That means knowing which parent is responsible for what and when.
Child custody is understandably stressful and can get complicated quickly. To help, our attorneys have assembled a list of commonly asked questions.
Do I Need To Be Divorced To Have A Custody Agreement?
No. Many parents we help with child custody agreements were never married.
In fact, for many unmarried parents, a custody agreement is more important than ever. By reaching a clear agreement, you establish not only parental rights, but also responsibility for issues like insurance, residence and education. These are all vital to a healthy environment for your child.
How Is Custody Determined?
Many parents will be able to establish a joint legal custody arrangement, meaning parents are equally responsible for the physical, educational and financial care of their child. When that isn’t possible, either due to physical or financial circumstances or other concerns, the courts take many factors under consideration when they determine child custody, including:
- Physical accommodations
- Educational circumstances
- Community presence
- Parental history of physical abuse, substance abuse or criminal behavior
Each custody case will have its own unique circumstances. Consult us to learn about how the factors in your case may impact your agreement.
What Is Parenting Time?
Parenting time is the physical time you spend with your child. In some states, this is referred to as “physical custody” or “visitation.”
What Is A Guardian Ad Litem?
In some cases, a guardian ad litem may be appointed to assist in your child custody proceedings. A guardian ad litem is a neutral, court-appointed professional who is responsible for advocating for your child’s best interest. These advocates act independently of either parent.
Don’t Wait On Your Child’s Future
Your children are depending on you to help them be the best they can be. Having a custody agreement lets you do that.