Working Through Child Custody And Support Matters
Some of the most difficult and heart-wrenching decisions in a divorce or separation revolve around child custody. Many questions abound: How will the relationship with my child be affected by the divorce? With whom will the child live? What about shared parenting and visitation time? How to reconcile the parent’s desires with the best interest of the child?
Pearson & Paris, P.S.C., in the Louisville area understands the importance of your relationship with your children and we recognize that divided parents increase a child’ s sense of loss. Therefore, we commit to help our clients obtain custody solutions that enable them to enjoy significant relationships with their children, always keeping the best interest of the child in mind as a guiding principle in resolving disputes.
Creative Custody And Parenting Time Solutions
If a resolution for a family law matter cannot be found through negotiation or mediation, we can pursue decisions through litigation. In custody litigation, the judge considers what is “in the best interests of the child.” Although this term is undefined, the court looks to a number of factors to determine the “best interest” such as:
- The wishes of the parents or any de facto custodian
- The wishes of the child
- The child’s adjustment to their school, community and home
- The child’s interactions with the immediate family and significant others who affect the child’s best interests
- The mental and physical health of all individuals involved in the child’s life.
- The judge could even consider any evidence of domestic violence, or alcohol or substance abuse
The law also has guidelines to determine the proper amount of child support.
Resolving Your Issue
Over the years, we have found that negotiation can produce custody and parenting solutions that are practical and beneficial to parents and children. Such solutions can reduce emotional conflict and lay the groundwork for future cooperation in child-rearing duties, based on the unique characters and needs of all involved.
It is not unusual, however, for child custody disputes to become heated. Unfortunately, we have seen a disturbing trend of parents resorting to terrible tactics to manipulate the situation, including false allegations of child abuse. Our attorneys will not tolerate these tactics. As an aggressive law firm that also handles criminal defense matters, we know how to fight cheap tactics with solid legal action to preserve your rights. This is a challenge we are ready to take on.
Handling the other side of the coin: Adoption
Fortunately, not all of the family law cases we handle revolve around parental division and loss. The other side of that coin speaks to bringing families together and providing children with the semblance of an intact family. This is the story of providing children with a deep sense of belonging through the process of adoption.
We will help you through all the steps of an adoption, from filing the petition to obtaining updated birth certificates and everything that comes in between.
Schedule A Consultation Today
To schedule an initial consultation at reduced rates about a child custody or parenting time matter, call Pearson & Paris, P.S.C., in La Grange at 502-688-5200 or contact us online.