When you and your children's other parent separate, you need to figure out right away with whom the children will live. You and this other parent may not agree on this important matter, however. You need someone to intervene and help settle this matter for both of you.
Instead of trying to figure out the matter on your own, you can hire a lawyer to represent you. You can make your arguments known and get a fair judgment from the court by putting a child custody attorney on retainer.
Arguing for Sole Custody
When you have a child custody attorney on retainer, you can make a solid case for why you should get sole custody of your children. You may believe that the other parent is not safe for your children to be around. You also may fear that this other parent could pose a significant psychological or emotional risk to their well-being.
Your attorney can take your fears and build a case to take to court to argue for sole custody. He or she can also present evidence to show why you are the safer parent and should be allowed to keep the children in your primary custody.
Arguing for Joint Custody
If the other parent is safe and sane, he or she may be a welcome presence in your children's lives. However, you need to tell the court that you agree with this other parent sharing custody with you. You want to make it clear that you do not necessarily want primary custody but instead would be willing to share joint custody with this other parent.
Your attorney can work with the child custody attorney of the other parent, as well as a court mediator or judge, to devise a parenting plan that allows your children to split equal time with you both. You can decide on what weekends that the children should stay with you, on what holidays they should be with the other parent and how to split summer vacations.
A child custody attorney can provide helpful services to parents in contentious legal fights. He or she can build a case to argue for sole custody of your minor children. He or she can also go to court to ask the judge to award you joint custody with the other parent. Your attorney can likewise help create a fair parenting plan to divide the children's time.
To learn more, contact a child custody attorney.