If you have a child and later separate from your spouse or partner, it is imperative to seek the help of a New Orleans divorce lawyer to obtain a child custody agreement. A child custody agreement will outline the scope of responsibility and rights of each parent. The agreement will address both physical placement of the child (where the child will live) and legal custody (who has the right to make essential decisions about the child).
Since a child custody agreement is essential to protecting your rights and the rights of your child, you need an experience family law attorney to make sure it is done right. At J.C. Lawrence and Associates, we fight for the parental rights of our clients in order to do what is best for their children and to fight for a custody arrangement that makes sense for the family.
Resolving Child Custody Disputes
Family courts in New Orleans encourage parents to resolve custody disputes on their own, outside of court, by creating a custody agreement or parenting plan together. You know your family dynamic best and what makes the most sense for your family and your children. After discussing your options, your New Orleans divorce attorney can help negotiate a child custody agreement with the father/mother of your child. If both sides cannot reach an agreement, your attorney can work with a mediator to resolve the outstanding issues.
In some cases, parents simply cannot agree on a custody agreement. In such cases, you need the help of an experienced New Orleans divorce lawyer or child custody attorney. Your custody case will be decided in family court and you will need to persuade the judge that your proposed custody arrangement is best for the child (or children).
In creating a custody agreement, the court will consider the best interests of the child. The judge will evaluate many factors such as who the primary caregiver has been for most of the child’s life, as well as which parent can provide the most stable and loving environment for the child. Financial responsibility, emotional support, the parent and child relationship, the willingness of the parent to keep the child in the community or allow ongoing contact with extended family and a host of other factors are all examined when making a custody determination. Your New Orleans divorce attorney can help you make a compelling case, including providing testimony from witnesses, in order to convince the court that your custody agreement is best for your child. An experienced custody attorney can be the difference in obtaining physical custody of your child or ending up with only visitation rights.
Contact J.C. Lawrence and Associates for Help with Your Child Custody Issues
At J.C. Lawrence and Associates, we know that child custody is more than just a legal issue and we understand how important it is to maintain a strong and loving relationship with your kids. We will dedicate ourselves to your case, using our extensive legal knowledge and experience to vigorously represent you in your child custody dispute.
Our devoted New Orleans divorce lawyers and family law attorneys have represented hundreds of parents in child custody cases. We are committed to securing the outcome that makes sense for you and your family. Contact us today to learn how we can help in your child custody case.