Why Choose Townsend Law for Your Child Custody Case?
While most parents agree to some degree of joint custody, it is important to understand that some parents will still try to obtain sole custody of their children as part of their divorce proceedings. This is frightening for many reasons. The obvious threat is the loss of the relationship with their child. But when one parent decides to seek sole custody, there is typically a very contentious court battle that follows often leading to more anger and strife.
Legal Custody versus Physical Custody
Legal custody refers to the decision-making process involving the child(ren). Will the two parents share this responsibility, or will one parent make the decisions without input from the other? These issues typically include health and welfare, education, childcare, etc.
Physical custody refers to the actual physical time each parent can spend with the child(ren). There are many factors that play into the child’s physical custody and, like all decisions made by the court, should be in the best interest of the child.
Joint Custody versus Sole Custody
As part of the decision-making process, the court will also determine how legal custody and physical custody should be shared, if it is appropriate. Joint legal custody means that both parents will share in making the important decisions in the areas we discussed above. As it sounds, sole custody means that one parent will make all the important decisions without input from the other.
Joint physical custody means the child(ren) will live with each parent for a set amount of time. The times aren’t necessarily equal, but both parents will have significant time allotted for the children. Again, as it sounds, sole physical custody means the child lives exclusively with one parent while the non-custodial parent may have visitation rights as set forth by the court.
An important aspect of custody to keep in mind is that one parent cannot refuse the other parent visitation based on non-payment of child support. Visitation and child support are viewed differently by the court and are therefore independent of each other.
Child Custody Modifications
You may find yourself unhappy with the arrangement after the custody issues have been settled. This is not uncommon. In order to modify your child custody situation, you will need to go through the court system once again. To be successful, you will need to prove there have been changes since the original custody order was established.
Contact an Experienced Child Custody Lawyer in Boise
There are many variables involved in child custody. Too many to try to handle on your own. If you have child custody issues call attorney Jeff Townsend with Townsend Law today. Do not wait until your spouse, former spouse or co-parent obtain legal representation before hiring a child custody lawyer in Boise. Being unrepresented could cost you one of the most important relationships in your life! Call 208 350-7310 today.
Jeff is a great lawyer, I felt that he had my back and he did a great job at getting what I needed. He helped me when things got tense and was always on top of things. He worked with me on the payments and he helped me to understand the process of going through the motions very well. I will definitely refer him to anyone that would need his service. Thank you!