Child Custody and Visitation

Child Custody and Visitation

Mediation or Litigation

When both parents are committed to the child’s best interests as well as an amicable solution, we highly recommend ironing out questions of child custody and visitation through divorce mediation. Not only is it less expensive than going to court, but it is also much less traumatic for both the parents and the children. However, if the parents can’t agree and there are concerning circumstances surrounding custody questions, we are just as willing to fight for your child’s well-being in court, if necessary.

Every custody case is different, and what is right for one family won’t be right for another. For a consultation to discuss your options, call our office for an appointment today.

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Among the issues divorcing couples must work through, the question of child custody and visitation rights can be one the most contentious. Unfortunately, quite often the children are the ones who suffer most as they are frequently caught in the crossfire. At the Law Offices of Hollie A. Lemkin, we are passionate about helping families iron out the challenges of child custody and visitation in a way that always looks to the best interests of the children first.

Child Custody and Visitation

Types of Custody

Regarding legal custody, there are two possible options:

  • Joint custody—in which both parents share in making decisions about the child’s upbringing; or
  • Sole custody—in which one parent has the right to make these decisions.

When discussing physical custody, joint custody refers to the child splitting time between the two parents, while sole custody means the child stays almost exclusively with one parent. There is a third option with physical custody, which is primary custody, in which the child lives with one parent and the other parent is afforded visitation rights.

Child Custody and Visitation

Considerations with Custody and Visitation: Children First

As you can imagine from the options above, deciding on custody and visitation rights can be complex and challenging—even more so when emotions are running high. This is why we urge clients to look at the best interests of the children first when making these decisions. Will the child thrive by splitting time between both parents? Is one parent more engaged, interested or emotionally stable than the other? Is one more qualified than the other to make tough decisions about the child’s welfare? Is there a history of drug use or domestic violence in the family?

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