Child Custody, Support & Visitation Issues
When the custody of a child is at issue in a case, it is the single most important facet of my clients' family law matter. Those in the midst of a divorce or other child custody dispute spend countless hours worrying about the potential outcomes of their custody case. There is always a myriad of questions surrounding affairs involving child custody. I understand the specific factors that come into play when family courts determine child custody, and I have the experience and skills to help you as you seek a custody arrangement that is in the best interests of your children and family.
Washington Child Custody & Support Laws
In the State of Washington, a child's residential schedule and other parental rights and responsibilities are spelled out in a court order called a "Parenting Plan." Parenting plans are determined by agreement of the parties or, when parties can't agree, by the court. They include terms that govern residential time with your children and the degree of decision making authority that can be exercised by either or both parents, among other things.
Establishing child custody directly affects the amount of child support you must pay to or may be entitled to receive from the other parent. If you are a "non-custodial" parent, the amount of residential time you are awarded can also have a significant impact on the amount of child support ordered. I can help ensure that your child custody order and related support orders are justified, fair, and serve the best interests of your children.
I have extensive experience in negotiating and litigating custody issues, including parenting plans, residential schedules, and child support. I will help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your case so you are equipped to make the best decisions for you and your family.
If you need a parenting plan, modification, non-parental custody plan, or have questions about custody and Child Support, contact me today to Schedule a free consultation.