Whether you and your child’s parent are soon-to-be divorced or have been living separately for a while, there is likely a need for a child custody arrangement. Child custody arrangements are court-enforceable, so they have more credibility than do casual or verbal arrangements between parents. They are generally advisable for all separated parents since they give structured boundaries and responsibilities to both parents raising a child. They create a stable and thus a better environment for the child.
Since child custody arrangement’s first and foremost priority is meeting the best interests of the child, this is clearly a priority. Families come in all shapes and sizes these days, and many are able to successfully raise a child from separate households. However, a child custody arrangement is usually recommended as it helps all parties involved to be their best selves. Child custody arrangements can dictate custody specifics, child support and other responsibilities or rights of the parents.
Not all parents will be granted child custody. Some parents may only have visitation or are working toward being granted the responsibility of child custody. Some children will have little to any contact with one or both parents. At The Patterson Law Office PLLC, we know how important it is to tailor a child custody arrangement to your specific family situation.
Most parents opt for a shared child custody arrangement. These can differ greatly in how the responsibilities are laid out for each parent. The beauty is that the child custody arrangement can be tailored to you and your family’s best interests. The interest of the child always come first.