Resolving child custody, parenting time, and visitation agreements can be exhausting for parents, grandparents, and estranged spouses. Still, the adults involved usually seek to minimize any disruptive effects on their children. Achieving the fairest resolution for everyone involved requires that you have an attorney who is up-to-date on child custody law. Many times parents will participate in a Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE) to get honest feedback regarding the best interests of their children and to settle disputed issues.
Occasionally, custody and parenting time disagreements will require a custody evaluation to help resolve legal and physical custody disputes. The custody evaluation can last several months. During that time an expert interviews the parties, children, and other important people in the children’s lives, as well as reviews documentation such as school and medical records, to make written recommendations based upon the children’s best interests.
Whether the custody dispute is the result of a divorce, unmarried parents, a move out of state, or other circumstances, it is important to be honest in an age-appropriate way about the changes that are happening, be respectful rather than blaming, and allow your children to express their feelings. Consider the ages of your children when presenting information. Do not involve your children in the adult aspects of your divorce. Keep messages simple for younger children. Listen to your children, and acknowledge, and respect their feelings. Some parents find it helpful to consult with a mental health professional for advice in discussing custody and parenting time disputes with their children. You can also find tips on talking to children at helpguide.org.
Questions to explore
- What are your reasons for seeking custody or parenting time?
- What key issues does your attorney need to understand to help you evaluate the situation?
- Are you limited by time, geographical distance, or financial circumstances?
Roben Law, PLLC offers you:
- Understanding – From a compassionate and open-minded family law attorney.
- Personal attention – From a lawyer experienced in child custody laws and who can advise you about custody evaluations and the various types of child custody arrangements you may want to consider.
- Practical solutions – Based on current family law and a commitment to achieving the best solution for your unique situation.