Child Custody And Visitation Issues
Resolving Child Custody And Visitation Issues
When you are going through a divorce, you want to come up with a plan that works for everybody in your family and takes into account the best interests of your children. This is a crucial point in your family’s life. At this point it is essential that you find a reliable attorney to help with resolving child custody and visitation issues.
I am Albuquerque, New Mexico, family law attorney PJ Hartman. I advise and represent clients who need to resolve difficult custody and time sharing issues through integrity and civility. The first step is coming up with a custody and time sharing plan that considers all circumstances, keeping in mind the children’s interests first and foremost. I will help you understand the variables that should be considered in developing a parenting plan.
In considering the best interests of the children, the court will look at several factors such as:
- The age of the child
- Which parent has been the primary caregiver or whether paternity has been established
- Bonding between parents and child
- Living arrangements, including location and proximity to family, friends, etc.
Understanding the difference in the forms of custody is important. Legal custody involves the rights of parents to make decisions about education, health care, religion, activities, etc. Physical custody is where the child’s primary residence is located.
Protecting Your Parental Rights And The Best Interests Of Your Children
An important part of any child custody plan is time sharing and visitation. Many factors will be considered, but the primary consideration is the best interest of the child. A healthy relationship with both parents is always desirable. A collaborative divorce is an avenue that encourages the parties to be creative in their resolutions. I also represent grandparents who are raising grandchildren or who are unable to see their grandchildren due to a parent.
Re-locations can also affect custody and time sharing, and may require modifying the original custody order. Our team often retains specialists, such as child psychologists, to help provide evaluations as to how re-locations and other custody and time sharing issues can best be resolved.