Representing You In Child Custody Matters
If you are a parent in the midst of a divorce and dealing with child custody issues, you need an experienced family law attorney who can help you understand your rights, the process and your options. Our attorneys at The Law Offices of Watson and Watson understand how important your children are to you and that you want to spend as much time with them as possible. We work to protect your rights and obtain the child custody arrangement that works best for your family.
Resolving child custody issues in a divorce can occur in a couple of ways. One is contentious and promotes conflict and stress. The other option is working collaboratively to make things go as smoothly as possible. When possible, employing collaborative methods can reduce your stress, take less time and be more cost-effective than a combative trial involving traditional litigation.
Securing Child Custody Agreements
There are two main classifications of custody: legal and physical. Legal custody includes decision making authority for the child, while physical custody is where the child lives and spends their time. Custody can be either sole or joint. Today, most parents are granted joint legal and physical custody. Sole physical custody is typically only granted when one parent poses a safety threat to the child.
Our attorneys help you develop a custody plan that viable for your specific family’s circumstance. If you cannot agree on a plan, the court will impose a plan that is based on its interpretation of the child’s best interest. It is better if you and the child’s other parent can reach this agreement on your own, as you know your family’s situation best. Our attorneys can help you create a parenting plan that is not only in your child’s best interest, but yours as well.
Our attorneys have advised clients with child custody matters that include:
- Developing child visitation schedules
- Modifying agreements or court-ordered decrees if matters change in the lives of the parents or the children
- Dealing with out-of-state custody issues when a parent relocates
Mediation is also frequently used to resolve disputes in child custody cases. We can help you with child custody issues during the mediation process in your divorce case. This method requires couples to work together to secure an agreement. Mediation is less time-consuming and less expensive than going to court, and you may be able to resolve these issues in as little as a single day,
Schedule An Appointment
Our lawyers at The Law Offices of Watson and Watson provide experienced representation for child custody matters. We can help you obtain as much time with your child as possible with a workable custody arrangement. Please contact us via email or call our Newport, Arkansas office at 479-431-5378. We also serve clients from our offices in Little Rock and Fayetteville.