Cases involving child custody are often very emotional, as their outcomes can significantly alter a parent and their child’s life. If you are facing a child custody case, you will benefit from consulting with an attorney from our firm.
An experienced Kitsap child custody lawyer could protect your parental rights and secure a fair custodial arrangement. One of our skilled family law attorneys could also negotiate on your behalf to settle custody disputes outside of court to avoid the litigation process altogether.
There are several types of child-sharing arrangements available in Kitsap. The Court has to decide both who will exercise legal decision making and what parenting time schedule will be exercised and by whom.
Regarding legal decision making, there are two options: 1) the parties will exercise joint legal decision making, which is both parties must consult and agree on a decision regarding medical and educational care, or limited legal decision making, where one party can make decisions solely regarding medical and educational care.
The factors that affect who will exercise legal decision making include: abandonment, neglect, child abuse, domestic violence, assault, or sex offense, neglect, emotional, mental health, or physical problem, substance abuse, lack of emotional ties with the child, abusive use of conflict, and withholding the child.
Additional factors the Court may consider regarding parenting time are:
Judge’s must determine that a parenting plan is in the best interests of the child.
Child custody cases are often heavily contested by involved parties. Unfortunately, a custodial arrangement could disrupt a child’s life and negatively affect a parent’s involvement in their children’s lives.
Fortunately, you could increase the likelihood of securing a favorable outcome for your child by working alongside a professional legal advocate. A skilled Kitsap child custody lawyer could objectively review your case and make prudent decisions regarding your parental rights. Call our firm today to speak with one of our team members about your case.
Jeniece LaCross, Attorney At Law