Negotiating or litigating child custody arrangements is rarely easy. When your relationship with your children is on the line, everything else takes a back seat. It can be difficult to see how life could ever possibly return to normal.
Family law attorneys deal with difficult issues every day. The process can be an unfamiliar and frightening one for you and your children. At Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C., we specialize in you, which means your attorney will treat you and your case with the attentive respect you deserve.
Developing Fair Parenting Plans
If you and your spouse generally agree about how much time the children should spend with each of you, it may be appropriate to resolve issues of placement and parenting time in mediation. We often represent clients who are negotiating parenting plans, ensuring that their parental rights are protected.
In some cases, you and your spouse may find it impossible to reach an agreement and the parenting plan will be determined by the court. When making decisions about custody, placement and visitation, judges are required to make decisions that serve the best interests of the child based on factors such as:
- The child's existing relationship with each parent
- Any history of substance abuse or domestic violence that may make a parent unfit to have placement
- The child's wishes if he or she is a certain age
- Each parent's financial situation
- Each parent's proximity to the child's school, extracurricular activities and the other parent
Whether you are fighting for sole placement or trying to develop an equitable parenting plan with your former spouse, it is critical that you work with your own attorney to protect yourself. Contact Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C., for trusted legal guidance.
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With offices in Appleton and Green Bay, we serve parents, grandparents, stepparents and other interested parties in placement and visitation matters throughout the surrounding communities. Contact us today at 920-831-0300 to arrange a free, 30-minute consultation with one of our family law attorneys.
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