Washington Child Custody Lawyers
When a couple decides to end a marriage and children are involved, parents must determine where the children will reside and how much time the children will be allowed to spend with each parent. In some cases, child custody issues are simple and handled amicably though mediation. In other, more complex cases, child custody issues must be addressed in court, so that a judge can determine what is in the best interest of the child. Child custody issues can also affect parents dealing with factors such as relocation, modification of a divorce agreement, non-parental issues, and more.
Our Washington child custody attorneys understand that the health and well-being of your children are of the utmost importance to you. If you are contemplating divorce and would like legal guidance to protect your child’s future, give us a call.
Understanding Child Custody Laws
In the State of Washington, a child's residential schedule and other parental rights and responsibilities are typically addressed in a court order called a "Parenting Plan." The Parenting Plan is determined by agreement or by the court, typically with the guidance of a Washington State licensed divorce attorney or child custody lawyer. Under the law, it is the court's responsibility to ensure that the Parenting Plan arrangements serve the best interests of the child.
The custodial parent is the parent with whom the child resides the majority of the time. Frequently, the non-custodial parent retains his or her parental rights under the parenting plan, which often includes residential time and decision making, regardless of custodial designations.
It is important to keep in mind that parental rights are determined based on parent-child relationships, as well as legal findings such as abuse, neglect, domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse, or any other factors which can negatively impact the best interests of the child.
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